|IM Cozumel- photo Jay Prasuhn .. yes that is a water bottle down my shirt|
With this type of situation:
|11am brunch with the girls. Me + Kirsten and a Manmosa (Manmosa= big jar of champagne & OJ sidecar)|
True to my word (to myself as I don't think I wrote words about it here), I haven't taken a swim stroke or step of running since the Ironman. I believe in a full two weeks off of anything you may need a mental or physical break from. Last year, I (involuntarily) took 12 weeks off running over the winter due to injury, and I actually think that the time off helped me rather than hurt me so I'm not scccrd of a lil time off the hoofs. I told myself I'd take a few weeks completely run-free after Cozumel to let my body recover from the 10 months of running 4-5 days per week it just did. Thank you, body!
Swimming, well, I may not physically require two weeks completely chlorine-free, but mentally, I know this is the best move for me. I need to be ready to hit 2013 fully committed to my swim program and I know that the time off is now or never. I began to feel a touch burnt out these last couple of months on the swim front and I'm just looking to get that itch back. I've already had a couple "maybe I should go dunk n float for 30 minutes" moments, and then realized that...well, just NO.
Overall, I've been super happy just doing a bit of lifting, yoga and the occasional spin with friends as long as it ends at the coffee shop. I've been focusing on work (and there is a lot of it right now) and cherishing every morning I can sleep in until 6:30, because starting in a week or two, they will be few and far between again.