Now what?


Oak tree on the local mountain bike trails

Bless me blog readers for I have sinned.  It has been almost two weeks since my last blog post…

As you may know I have pulled out of both of my major events this year.  The Boston Marathon is out because my IT band was causing me trouble; and Challenge Penticton is out because of a family wedding.  The only race I am signed up for is the new Vineman Triathlon in June.  It is an Olympic distance Tri in Monte Rio.

What has surprised me is how happy I am with NOT training for anything.  When I look back I have had something significant on my race schedule for the last 3 years straight.  No breaks!  And as a result, I think I finally broke!

The break in training is working well for me.  I have been struggling to lose some weight that I put on after Ironman St. George last year and I think the lower intensity workouts are helping me burn the fat off faster. I am down 5 pounds to where I wanted to be and now I am going for another 5 if possible.

On a personal note I have made my relationship with my “boyfriend” FBO (Facebook Official, I had to look that up) and are we are working on finding a house for our soon to be big family (four boys between the two of us).  The impending move will take a lot of time and energy so not having a grueling training plan will be great!

The part that I am having the worst time coming to terms with is the blog… What do I have to write about now that I am not really training for anything?  I really don’t think you want to read about me moving to a new house or another 2 pounds that I have lost?  One thing that this reduction in racing will allow for is the opportunity to try things I haven’t done yet.  First on the agenda is mountain biking…


  1. Sometimes you need a break in training like that. I’ve heard the Vineman race is awesome!!! Good luck on house hunting and moving. Good luck with mountain biking. I want to try it, but it scares me.

  2. June is closer than you think. That will be on the schedule before you know it.
    But this post is great for many, I suspect, who have had to balance being an athlete with the ultra-thon that is LIFE.
    It would be interesting to read what mountain biking feels like for an athlete trying it for the first time.
    Also, would like to read more about the low intensity workouts and fat burning. How to make the most of a “break” etc…

  3. glad the break is working for you! congrats on the BF and new living arrangements and good luck with four boys (shudders). have fun

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