Friday, December 11, 2009

Falling out of love?

Ever think you're falling out of love and have it scare you? Something you were so passionate about and, for the moment, could care less. It's kind of like that brief moment when you go out with your single friends, look around, and think - wow, this isn't so bad. Then you get home to your spouse and realize, BUT THIS is so much better. Wouldn't trade my life for nothin! I'm really hoping that this epiphany hits me pretty daYum soon. I have NEVER taken this much time off post season. I have NEVER gone this long with NO schedule. I have NEVER gone this long without swimming or cycling...at least in the recent past. Thing is, I'm totally OK with it.

I know that logical people much smarter than I will tell me this is natural, this is a great time to rest, take a break, recover. Fine, fine but I pretty much haven't done anything since November 7. The part that scares me is the simple fact that I'm OK with it, it's not hard. Quite frankly, I've really enjoyed not doing much of anything - a little run here, a little weight there, a Hot Yoga 'try out' and maybe another little run. Other than that, I have not seen a 5:00am swim in over a month or gotten up for any workout for that matter.

I guess I should be thankful for this time. I am really enjoying it. I just really hope that I fall back in love with triathlon and all things triathlon real soon...Triple T training starts, um, in January.

29 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

If it makes you feel any better, my last race was September 27th, and this week was the first time I did anything tri related, but still havent broken out the HRM. It will come back to you. AND next weekend, the 19th @ 4:30pm, the 2009 Kona will be on TV, that should easily jump your battery.

Diana said...

First, thanks to Bid Daddy Diesel for letting me know of the Kona triathlon date and time! Will DVR that sucker!

Second, it's a change of seasons. Your body is going into hibernation mode-you'll wake up soon stronger than ever! In the meantime, I'll swing twice as hard if it makes you feel better!

third, we all kind of in a funk since the missing of teh G. Anyone know what happened?????

Carlee said...

Sounds necessary to me. I shuddered at the thought of a 5 a.m. swim today when I read that. It was a windchill of 11 here and getting wet is so not enticing!

Susi said...

sometimes it's better just to go with it and see what happens...

smiles.

Kim said...

honey i am right there with you. i love this rest so much i dont want to start training again - esp with this weather! wait for it - the love will come back.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

i doubt that you're falling out of love, but you're just taking a break! absence will make the heart grow fonder?! have a great weekend.

Wes said...

Yea, I haven't done much but run a little and ref since Nov 1 either. I am taking a DEEEEEEEP breath. Training starts in earnest Dec 20th. I can get all gung ho again then... For now, I'm still stuffing my gullet with beer and mexican food.

RockstarTri said...

As an illogical person much stupider than most, I authoritatively question "Do you mean this as a return to training or do you mean this as the down time is what you love and want to go back to once training starts again?"

If it is the former, that's ok. If the latter, time for an intervention.....

Blondie said...

It's ok to change your focus for a little while- soemtimes it's good for you! It's been over a year since I've done anything tri related and am just starting to think a baby sized race would be fun. Enjoy the time off and use it to get refocused!

FLATOUT JIM said...

I was hating the pool. Then our masters club had a meet, and it lit a fire under me. Now I can't wait to get to the pool and work on other strokes and my flip turn.

Turns out I am not a bad Flyer. Can't immagine doing it for 4000m, but ya never know.

Amanda said...

just like everyone else, i'm gonna tell you to just bask in it. and it will come back. i've been on the bike 3x since Worlds (10/25). But I know hard core TTT training starts soon, so I'm just enjoying the time off the trainer for now. And I only went back to swim practice yesterday.

Eat, stay up late, sleep in, enjoy the time w/hubby. And keep the attitude of not caring til that schedule kicks in!

Keith said...

January will come soon enough. Enjoy the rest.

Rant. Many people, especially North American people, especially driven type A American North American people, feel they ALWAYS have to be doing something, going somewhere, preferably faster than anybody else. Then they wonder why they are stressed out, are involved in vehicle collisions, and nobody loves them. This kind of relaxed time is GOOD FOR YOU! Here, let me say that again. THIS KIND OF RELAXED TIME IS GOOD FOR YOU!!!!! Rant over.

There, I hope you got the message. Enjoy being for once, instead of doing. Enjoy drifting with the flow of life. Get lots of sleep. Have some quiet time cuddling your husband and dog, or both, if that works for you. There are roses that need to be smelled. Get on it!

Dave said...

It's funny how many of those comments I needed to hear....thanks for posting.

Bill said...

I think after a big event, our bodies are like a bear going into hibernation. The body wants the down time to recover and recharge the mental batteries for the next season. I say enjoy the downtime knowing the desire will kick back in when the body is ready to start back up.

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

I think this is totally normal. After my last IM (Oct)... I didn't do ANYTHING for 2 months. Maybe a few hikes here...a few random workouts there...but nothing. nada. I'm still not super excited to train - but I know I need to get out and actually work out. Thanks for putting into words what I'm feeling - totally not in love with the sport...but doing it so I can still fit in my jeans on the other side of the holidays. Now if that isn't motivation to train, i don't know what is.

Enjoy the R&R!

MCM Mama said...

I think your body just needs a little R&R. Take your break and enjoy it and you'll be totally ready to go come January.

Judi said...

girl, you know once you get your schedule you will be on top of it. it's totally fine to be lazy in nov/dec per jen h. i am right there with you - no schedule and for me, that means no discipline. :( my diet is shitty too.

San said...

Stop worrying. Your body is right and your mind plays tricks on you.

Because your brain isn't that exhausted like your body it looks for stuff to think about. And the usual "I have to 2 brick trainings and 4 swims this week, where do I find the time" isn't there.. So you start thinking about how you feel and isn't this wrong. BAM! Your brain has some new hobby, feeling guilty because you enjoy doing nothing after months of intense training.

Just enjoy your off time, get something interesting and engaging to read and everything will be fine when you get back to tri training!
Rock on!

Velma said...

Enjoy the break - you don't want to burn out early in the season. I second the idea to watch Kona on TV - that will light a fire

Amy said...

Um, I am sooooo right where you are right now. Except mine started a lot earlier than nov 7th. Try August 31st.

Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry.

skierz said...

a little break will only make it seem better when you go back to it! hell, we are human and by our very nature, we are lazy! after busting your hump for how long, crap, you should enjoy doing nothing for a bit!! cheers

joyRuN said...

You've had a hardcore crazyass insano training schedule for sooo long. Take the time, just watch your highwaters don't get worse from ass expansion :)

theloosemoose said...

looks to me like you've received 22 comments that are basically telling you to take time for yourself, to relax and to listen to your body.

To which I say, "Screw that!! Get back out there, woman, and train, train, TRAIN! Everyday you're getting fatter and slower while your competitor grows faster and stronger. And your ass is getting really wide and flabby. Also, I don't think you even remember how to swim. That's right - you are no longer bouyant! Get going, lazy ass! Get. GOING!!"

:)

SC's Adventures said...

If training doesn't have to start until January, don't start until you feel like it or until January. Enjoy the rest and you are less likely to burn out closer to the Triple T. That WOULD be annoying for you!

Keith said...

Cut Loose Moose's comment out, and save it for when you actually get a plan for you next event, whatever that is. I'm sure most of us would love to swim as well as you've forgotten to.

Jon Gilchrist said...

i say just enjoy the down time. U still have the "eye of the tiger"...you're jsut chillin right now. And that should be totally ok by you.

Enjoy your off time..

kristen said...

Your rigtht. It's SO normal. Embrace it. Your life will be consumed with all things training soon enough!

tiger - what a piece of shit.

KK said...

YES! I agree with you 100 percent. felt this way while I was still training this summer-just going through the motions of every single workout, hating every minute of it. Now I've had a good chunk of time off and am feeling somewhat excited to get back at it. SOMEWHAT being the operative word. So, I guess I'l enjoy some more time off while waiting for that fuzzy feeling to come back completely. I hope yours comes back, but if it doesn't, that's okay too. Cheers!

Marci said...

I don't think you are "falling out of love", you are just taking a well deserved break, enjoy it!

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