I met an unanticipated goal. I did my first triathlon, a mini, last weekend. When I started this project in June, my plan was for my first event to be sometime in the first half of 2018, a sprint triathlon. Its a little strange now having that first event completed and I’m surprised to find myself feeling a bit lost and out of focus.
I imagine this a common response, in my case amplified by traveling to see the total solar eclipse, which brings its own post-event letdown. Two big deals in the same week.
In one way, I’m delighted to have more unstructured time. Sunday, I luxuriated in being unscheduled and was quite domestic. I gardened and washed sheets and bedding. Cooked two kinds of soup; cold cucumber and chicken green chili. Invented a recipe using the giant yellow squash and small eggplant that grew while we were out of town. Got to work on some blog posts. It was lovely to have a chance to catch up on things that hadn’t made it to the top of my priority list over the past few weeks.
Back to now what. How shall I proceed from here?
I do want to continue training, and Saturday’s triathlon confirmed my awareness that my running needs more attention. Biking and swimming are okay, and of course there is plenty of room for improvement. My current plan is to keep running 3 times a week, and decrease the biking and swimming to twice weekly for a while. I want to keep my other physical activities. The yogalates, gyrotonics and stretching are great for general conditioning and counteracting some of the effects of specialized activities.
Then there is figure skating. I started skating some years back, and I really enjoy moving on the ice, and the fiddly/technical nature of the sport appeals to me. Owing to injuries and life complexities, my skating has been limited the past several years. I’ve restarted my private lessons and am once again enjoying skating. My plan now is to add back 1 or 2 more skating sessions a week (taking lessons without practicing is silly) as I lessen the intensity of my triathlon training.
With all these activities, as well as my work, blogging and home life, it doesn’t look as though I’ll be getting bored anytime soon. I can see that I might begin to feel over scheduled, and so I do want to stay aware and keep checking in to determine the best mix for me. In other words, I’ll continue comparing theory to reality, and letting experience guide my decisions.