Thursday, October 18, 2012


After this marathon I am taking some time OFF from scheduled training.
Not a break from training-- just having a schedule. I need and want some downtime to do whatever I want to do when I want to do it before things go crazy with training loads for next season.

I want to try mountain biking.
and cyclocross (probably not the right time to try it! lol)
and I want to hike
I want to run on trails
I want to hit the weights again-6
just do different stuff

With an aggressive race plan for next year, it will be a lot of time in the Pain Cave over the winter months and lots of time in the pool so I am really looking forward to the break for a while. Come December 1st though...we are back at it!


I started a little challenge with one of my buddies, Scott, to eat clean for 30 days straight. My eating has been pretty good these days--more so since OperationX started--but I am ready to really stick to it for a bit and see what happens to my body. All the endurance training (and lack of weight training) took a lot of muscle off my body and left me a little softer than I am used to being. I'd like to take some fat off, put back on a bit of muscle and see how I respond.

Honestly, I was not all the strict with my eating this season and pretty much has what I wanted. I know that there is plenty of room for discipline, there is this little Rev3 ab challenge I am doing with some of the team members and staff. It'll be interesting to see if I can sprout a 4 pack for spring!

Are you taking a break from training this year?
What are your "off season" plans? 


Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

I'm going to have to train for that little Ragnar race! I NEED to pick Insanity back up!

Katie said...

I am thinking about taking time completely off...only for a week or so, and then maybe some do-what-you-want time. We'll see. :) But I also need to uncover my abs!

Jen said...

Break time from scheduled plans for me until the end of January!!!! I'm quite nervous about it but very excited as well! Good for you to make that commitment!

Jen said...

Scaling back a little bit but never really 'on or off' there's just longer or shorter runs.

Missy said...

I stopped weight training for the last 5 months of Ironman training and I hate how my body looks. Ok that was dramatic but I know you understand what I'm talking about, it's soft. I like muscles, next time I train for an Ironman I'm keeping the weight training in some form.
I plan to take a whole year off after Ironman in November, still train and race if I want but only for fun and nothing to major or serious.
Good luck on your marathon.

Carolina John said...

I am actuallly looking forward to having an off season. It's going to be so nice before starting ironman training again!

Suz and Allan said...

Enjoy your well-deserved break!

Francie Van Wirkus said...

More...writing, weights, yoga.

Melissa said...

Yay! Time off is fun and makes the come back sweeter.