Post Ironman: getting fat and rusty

So here we are, coming up to 6 weeks after Ironman Florida, heading into the Christmas season with over 2 weeks of travel beginning this Friday, with commensurate eating, drinking, and partying…fun 🙂

…not sure what I weigh these days…but a few pounds more than my racing weight…maybe quite a few…but not going to angst about it until we get onto the back-end of the holiday debauchery

Still ‘working out’ as opposed to ‘training’…just about every day…largely to burn some calories to keep the weight gain in check…my target is 1,000 calories a day exercise burn, so typically a 1 hour+ run, or 90 minutes on the bike…longer ride on Saturday…no swimming

…still adds up to 8-10 hours a week, 15-20 miles a week running, 70-100 miles biking, so around 7,000’ish+ calorie burn (2 pounds) a week

…adding some intensity into the workouts, but unstructured depending on how I feel on the day…

Post Ironman, I brought the exercise back up rather slowly…following my own advice

A few flat weeks in there, but nothing bad…running and biking back feeling ‘normal’ at this point…and just haven’t felt the motivation to get back in the pool…yet

Have had a busy work schedule for the past month that accelerates in January in advance of a large annual convention that’s a focal point for us, so I’m considering a ‘training’ hiatus into February…last year in January, by trying to crank up the training intensity in the midst of other life stressors, I pulled my hamstring…got sick for a week…improved, then tanked again…so may look to avoid all that this year

I do have Ironman Florida on the calendar again for 2012…my 6th Ironman…although haven’t really found a ‘goal’ for the race yet that’s lighting my fire…so still to be determined…updates to be posted as they occur 🙂


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4 Responses to Post Ironman: getting fat and rusty

  1. Anne Boone says:

    Glad to see you back on the blog!

    My back is finally getting better after I hurt it 2 weeks post IMFL. I started running last week, thank goodness I was getting depressed! I’m currently out in CA visiting my daughter’s new baby girl, born Dec 3. Since I get up ungodly early anyway, I’ve been minding the baby from 1 AM to 6 or 7, taking her to my daughter for feedings every couple of hours. I works out great, and my daughter is getting a little more sleep. The baby, Vida Anne, is adorable of course. 😉

    I ‘d gained 3 pounds since IMFL when I left for CA Sunday. I’m sure I’ll gain another pound while I’m here, though I am getting in a run most days. Whooppee! After Christmas it’s time to seriously cut back and get ready for the first race, a half marathon Jan 15.

    That crazy, nice guy actually mailed me my pre-swim clothes that he found in at MFL. I sent him and his wife a nice poinsetta to thank him.

    Enjoy all your festivities and travel. You’ll be mean and lean again for INFL ’12, I have no doubt.

    • Dad says:

      Anne, so glad that the back thing got sorted out…you are the perfect grandmother with that early morning coverage
      …this time last year, our granddaughter wasn’t even crawling…this year, running, climbing and talking…they grow up _so_ fast 🙂

  2. Looking back on all the times I’ve fallen prey to an injury it’s been when my life has been stressful at home and at work. It’s probably a smart move to start things back up in Feb after the convention.

    Can’t wait to read up on your progress. And, I’ll be enjoying a bit of my own holiday debauchery.


  3. Scott says:

    Classic. Well done. Get back out there.

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