Oh sweet off-season. Beer and sleeping and sugar and wine and pajamas… It’s been seven weeks since my Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon finish. It was over four weeks before I could run pain free. It was over three weeks before walking stopped hurting. It was three days before I had a post-race depression meltdown over a lack of firewood and beer. But the day after – that was awesome.
I woke up far too early and lounged in my finisher pajama bottoms and starting moose slippers.
I took my gazillionth jacuzi. Will and I gorged ourselves at the racers celebration/awards brunch. Then ambled down the brick street with artists booths and tiny shops.
Next was a water taxi across the Cape Fear River to the historic Battleship USS North Carolina. We spent hours on it and could have made a whole day of it.
We went out for dinner and ate local oysters. Then made friends with some locals and closed out the Duck and Dive bar at 2am.
On our drive home we stopped to tour the Bullet Frontier Whiskey Experience on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
I think Will would have been ok if I had left him hiding in the barrels.
I have spent these few weeks of retelling the story to you, and to myself.
I finished 16 out of 24 in my age group, 79 out of 142 women, 321 out of 494 total finishers.
2.4 mile Swim in 52:53, avg 1:15/100y pace
Transition One 10:19
112 mile Bike in 6:53:35, avg 16.25mph
Transition Two 6:38
26.2 mile Run in 5:29.49, avg 12.35/mile pace
Total time: 13:33:13
From registration to finish line it was an epic, painful, exhausting adventure. And I think I’m going to have to do that again.
I was solidly within my “B” goal time. The problem with having an “A” goal that didn’t get met is having it to tempt me back. Now I know just how worthy of a goal it is. Now I know just how hard yet also how possible the whole adventure is. I’ve been doing triathlons for over 18 years, I have to admit I was getting a little bored. I kinda expected to check this race off the bucket list and be done with it. I didn’t expect to be scheming to do it again and do it faster. But not right now.
Right now I’m basking in my off-season. I’m putting energy back into work, friends, and personal projects I’ve neglected. I’m leisurely bike commuting, and bussing when I don’t feel like biking. I’m swimming a lot of butterfly, IMs and not a lot of freestyle. I’m back to my strength and lifting goals from 2014. I’m enjoying going for runs just for fun with no agenda, no goal, no planned route, no watch or app to record it, and no logging. I’m enjoying going for those short runs and still having the rest of the day to lounge in bed with my kitties and a good book. This is what my off-season looks like. It’s lovely.
Next up – something not about triathlon! I think I’ll share a cooking thing!