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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

11/14/07: What Now?

For the first time in 5 years or so, I have no huge goal in front of me that requires a consistent schedule. First it was my masters degree, then training for my first marathon, and then another...then it was training for my first HIM...then the full....

So now what. I know myself well enough that without a huge goal in front of me requiring consistent focus and effort, I'll actually do very little.

The poll votes are in, and doing another IM faster won. I'm down with that, but not until 2009, since obviously Lori and my little one on the way are going to need (and deserve) most of my time and attention starting in March 2008.

But what the hell should I be doing in the meantime?

I promised myself I was going to take a break from training after the IM, since I haven't really had an off-season since I started training for the first marathon in Jan 2005, but I'm starting to go stir crazy. I know I need a break both mentally and physically, but there's got to be a happy medium somewhere, right?

And to top it off, I'm fortunate to have it VERY easy at work right now, which is of course a double edged sword. I like having a certain amount of pressure/stress professionally. I operate best when I have 5 or 6 balls in the air, all of which are priorities. I always find a way to get it all done....

I've been fine without that kind of stress for the last several months, since I've been so focused on IM FL....but now that the IM is done, I'm BORED.

There's a 45 miles group ride this weekend, which I'll probably drop in on to see some friends. And there's a 1/2 marathon on Thanksgiving Day, which I may do just for fun. But with no goal out on the horizon, those kind of things don't seem to serve much of a purpose...I'm just doing them to do them....just going through the motions.

So my question to you, my blogging peeps, is now what?

Live with Purpose....Enjoy the Adventure

(Which is by the way the problem - I need a new adventure between now and March)


The T Bag said...

Tell me about it. I am lost. I have no idea what to do with myself, and to top it off I have been lazy and barely moved at all in the past 2 weeks, even though I was feeling fine last tuesday.

Bleach said...

You and I are on a similar course Andrew. I also just completed IMFL and I am in that rest period like yourself. I have a two year plan to qualify for Boston. Maybe I could do it faster but I figure that gives me time to do it without getting hurt and allows time to do other things like a 70.3, or other adventure races along the way. I believe you mentioned it in your blog before as an idea...gives you a long term goal and if you are like me...a challenging one!

Peter King said...

Relax and enjoy you're family. You have plenty of time to think about other goals but you just finished Ironman...enjoy it for a while!

TriTurtL said...

I'm right there with you and the other IMFL'ers. What now? I think you'll be golden if you can just stick it out the next 28 weeks! Being an Ironman is a dream come true... Being a daddy... Wow. Now that's one of the rare things that might even be better.

HOKIEX said...

Definitely enjoy the time with that little one. They grow up way too fast! Nothing fuels you more than seeing their faces at a race!