Back to the Grindstone: Post Disney

Training is looking up.

Ah, how one day of flying can change everything. Just over 48 hours ago, I was sweating my butt off in the humid upper 80’s of Orlando, Florida. Now, I am looking out the window at a steady stream of fat snow flakes. I have finally finished the family blitzkrieg through the magical world of Disney and I’m back from “vacation.” Amazingly, I am DEAD tired today. Seriously, I don’t think I was this tired after the Ironman. Needless to say, I am glad to be back at home, snuggled into my bath robe, and watching TV.

See, I did get in the saddle once...

Training wise, the damage assessment for the week “off” doesn’t seem too bad. I was able to get in about 25 miles of running, mostly fartlek and interval work. Swam once in the huge resort pool early in the morning with …get this…a duck. I don’t even want to guess how much walking I did. It wouldn’t have been too damaging a trip at all if it wasn’t for all the inherent unhealthy food that comes with this sort of thing. Scale says I may have gained about three pounds despite my indiscretions. Not too bad for a Hershey and Disney trip combined.

Despite the risks to training, Disney was an experience I wouldn’t have traded for anything. For years, my family has loyally stood by my side on repetitive racing vacations. It was great to finally pay them back with a trip that didn’t include my bike or packet pickup.

The worse thing health wise is that I seemed to have picked up the FLU as a souvenir. My only guess as to how this happened is that I received the flu vaccine at the earliest possible time last year. It is possible for immunity to wear out, and the season is still going on. Plus I was surrounded by thousands of international travelers. Started feeling ill on Friday, and it came full on yesterday. After I got back home, I slept for 12 straight hours and I’ still feeling it big time today. Unfortunately, today is The Summit Classic 5k/10k…looks like I will have to wait for next year.

Coming for you Missoula.

On more race related news, somehow, through some miracle, I went from 140+ on the waiting to list to getting a spot in The Grizzly Triathlon next weekend. I have some serious payback owed to this race and I’m looking forward to seeing what gains have occurred from this past year of training.

For now though, rest is best.

About Ironvan

From couch potato to Ironman triathlete in 2 years.

Posted on April 17, 2011, in Training and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Flu aside, it sounds like an awesome family vacation! And hahah c’mon though… I swim with ducks all the time! 😉

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