Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Great Recovery

Well the second week of recovery post-ironman is getting rough.  All these aches and pains are starting to show up.  I know that's a healing process, but that doesn't make it pleasant.  I'm still eating like the world is about to run out of food, and the weight is starting to come back on.  That's not really a bad thing, as I'm still well within a safe range.  But I did burn through an entire bag of halloween candy from Costco by myself in maybe a week.  That's rarely good.

Swim/bike/run/strength/stretch is my stress relief.  I can't get back in the pool until next Tuesday thanks to the new ink.   Biking and running are still incredibly uncomfortable, but I'm doing them some anyway.  Not much, and not fast.  Habitually, you get used to the twice a day workouts.  I used to work out two or three times a day long before Ironman training because I enjoyed it and that was how I chose to spend my free time.  I know I need to take it easy the rest of this week at least.  But I have some big deadlines coming up, and the holidays are just around the corner.  It's all unrelieved stress at this point.  And all I can do is rest more.

Today is the Great American Smokeout!  If you or someone you know needs and wants to stop smoking then today is a great day to make that plan.  I put them down in December of 2007 thanks to my Grandfather and changed my life forever.  Do whatever it takes to make it happen.

8 comments:

Katie said...

ooh, it's so tough to be there - you want to jump right back in but your body is mad. hang in there!

Hugh Jass said...

Congrats on your upcoming non smokerversary(?).

Diana said...

I'm surprised to hear that you're doing "any" kind of working out after your IM! My friend didn't do anything for 3 weeks afterwards. But everyone is different so.....

Congrats on putting down the "butts" back in 2007-it's a great habit to get rid of, although it is job security for me to keep people smoking!

Alisa said...

Like Diana, I'm shocked you're doing anything right now. Crazy talk! I would probably be sitting 12 hours a day in a hot tub =).

I've seen a lot of stop smoking signs around and literature floating around at various businesses I love seeing it.

Soooooo, as far as SC goes, I'm still contemplating. I have a lot to cram into next year, including a trip to Europe with my hubby which will include running a marathon but I'm not sure how much other realistic training I can do while away (in September) and still be ready for an October HIM. I would really love to come out to SC or FL for a Rev race I'm just not sure about timing. I may be doing a lot of spectating and volunteering.

Alisa said...

P.S. Closest airport to Anderson would be??

Wes said...

year over year improvement is a good thing, as I am living proof. Put on a few pounds. Drink a few beers. We'll be back at it soon enough!

Colleen said...

You are nuts for even getting back into working out this fast. I totally took like a month or 3 off! :)

I can't congratulate you on putting down the cigarettes and changing your life forever! Kudos!!!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I hope you feel good as new again soon! i am sure you are antsy to hit it hard again!

It still shocks me that you were a smoker! i have only known the healthy version of you!!