Since my last post, I came up with a plan for racing next year, actually just one big race so far - and that race is Ironman Texas on May 16! I've always wanted to visit Texas, and am very excited about the opportunity. Yeah, it's pretty darn early and most of the training will have to be completed indoors, but I just so happen to like suffering away on the bike trainer and on the treadmill. So it should be fun!
I've just recently gotten back on my bike (indoors, of course - it's freezing and snowy here all of a sudden!), and boy was that a bit of a shock! I didn't touch my bike for about a month and a half, and it's amazing how quickly your fitness disappears. But I'll be leading every 2nd Sunday ride for Aerobic Power, which will whip me back into some decent shape pretty quickly. I've already done two rides and they are always tough! I'm nursing a couple of niggly sore spots right now, and trying to manage them on my own, with lots of stretching and icing. Hopefully I can keep them under control so I can pick up the training volume a bit in December, as I signed up for a half marathon in Arizona on Feb. 15 - the IMS Arizona Marathon and 1/2. My running is not quite where it needs to be right now, so come December it's time to roll up the sleeves and get to work. I am hoping to do a lot of treadmill speedwork in preparation for this race so I can run a PB, so these nigglies need to be kept at bay.
In other news, I'm shopping for a new racing bike! The time has come to upgrade my beloved P3. I've ridden it for 6 seasons now, and while it has carried me to some awesome bike splits and it is still in superb condition, it's time for a new pony in the stable. And I've found a super bike that may just be perfect. More info on this later - stay tuned!
Also exciting is that I have a new part time job! At the end of October, I took on a contract role (20 hours a week) as an Exercise Specialist with the Aspen Primary Care Network. This position fits perfectly with most of my coaching schedule and suits me very well. I am really enjoying it so far! It is a brand new role that was created, so it is essentially a 'blank canvass' in terms of creativity. As an Exercise Specialist, I'm working with the physicians in the area in regards to their chronic disease patients, and they can refer patients to me for exercise consultation so I can design and prescribe a home exercise program to improve their health and functioning. So far I am really enjoying this work!
That's it for now, more to come....