Time for a Reboot

Tuesday was the first time I’ve been swimming since IMWI. It was pretty nice. I can’t say the other swimmers who had to see me and the seam splitting 15+ pounds I’ve put on all crammed in to a speedo felt the same way [go ahead, think about that and enjoy]!

This was going to be the week I got my act together and started training for [A race TBD]. I feel like a little fire got set under my ass when I got an email confirming I qualified for a corral at the Shamrock Shuffle again.

Shamrock is always my first race of the year. It’s only an 8k, but I’ve PR’d the last 3 years and I like to use it as a gauge to see if I made any progress over the winter.

I still haven’t determined what other races I’m doing, but it’s time I quit thinking about it and start moving or regardless of the race, the end result will be awful. I’m focusing on strength training and nutrition to begin with. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be abusing my trainer!

I spent this morning reading over the notes I got from my consultation with Nutritionist and Triathlon superstar Beth Shutt. It was easy to see where I was slipping. No where in her guidelines did I see the words buffalo wings, cake, beer, or burritos.

After the Ironman my diet took a drastic turn. I was in the mindset of “Hey I just raced 140.6 miles, I can eat what ever I want!”

The problem was that the race only took me about 15 hours and the “eat what ever I want” phase has lasted about 90 days. Soooo there wasn’t a lot of balance. I’m going to spend the next couple of weeks trying to Reboot my system and get back in shape for what ever races I decided to do next season.

Time to get back at it!!!

Alright, my post-race rest week is over. Yesterday I got back in the game. I have 2 more Olympic distance Tri’s this summer, both in August.

Ill be kicking ass at RAM Racing’s Bangs Lake Multi-sport festival on August 14th and then I make my Chicago Triathlon debut 2 weeks later. I’m pumped!

There was a little hiccup in yesterday’s training, Coach Jen had me down for a swim, but I forgot my gear. Instead i ran in the evening. It was just an easy one hour jog.

I just emailed Jen to see if there were going to be any tweaks to my training either based on my performance at Mooseman or because of the shorter distances. I’m eager to hear what she says.

One change I’m making is in my diet. If you remember I wrote a few weeks ago about my weight. On the advice of Coach Jen I contacted Beth Shutt, nutritionist and triathlete.

I filled out 4 days worth of food logs for Beth to analyze (and most likely laugh and shake her head in disgust).

Right off the bat she said I could use more fruits and vegetables. So that’s what I’m working on right now. We have a phone conversation set up to discuss more details, and when I know more I’ll write more.

One last thing I’m kicking off this week is the beginning of my fundraising for Misericordia, the charity I’ve chosen to fundraise for during my Marathon training. I have a goal to raise $1,000 by race day. Please take a minute and donate, every little bit helps!

Finally, I’ve started going through some of the video from Mooseman. It looks crisp. I’ll post some highlights from the swim portion in the next day or two.

That’s it for me today folks! Happy Monday, it’s good to be back!!!