The past two weeks have been about taking it easy. It's a general rule to take a few weeks off after a big race - especially after doing a new longer distance. It's recommended to let your body recover after the effort.
So I've just been kicking about. Doing a few easy runs a few times a week, and doing some light biking here and there. No particular plan. I've just been going out for as long as I felt like it. I also gave indoor rowing a go, and, to much anxiety, finally put my toe in the pool.
Mentally, the swimming bit is going to be the hardest for me to work through I think.
Without getting too far into it, I've been obese or overweight for the majority of my life. I managed to have a few almost normal weight years in high school (after acquiring a two pack-a-day smoking habit), but for the most part I've always been fat.
As you can imagine, I was made fun of a lot when I was younger. Being the problem solver I am, I just engineered my life to minimize the situations where I would get mocked. As a result, I don't think I've been swimming or had my shirt off in public since the 8th grade.
I am like an upside down never nude.
The good news is if I don't say anything, people will just think I am British, from Seattle, or a…
Anyway, the point is I have a lot of anxiety when it comes to swimming - before we even get into the sharks… However, I fought through some of it and managed to swim a bit in the past few weeks:
Swimming is so much fun. I love it. I didn't get much in obviously, only a few 10 minute lap sessions, but it was blissful. I was much better than I thought I was going to be. I took a few classes when I was younger, and I was a decent swimmer back then. Yeah, I was 11 years old (or whatever), but a lot of it came rushing back, and I managed to do a few laps freestyle with some very clumsy but effective breathing.
I've been lucky for now. I have been able to get the pool when no one was around. Obviously that can't go on forever. I'll have to get through the crushing fear and make my way to the public pool at some point. My new job has access to a gym that has a Junior Olympic Pool. So if I can just HTFU…
Past week has been just plugging along and trying to keep my fitness up while letting myself recover:
I am still working on the master plan to get to the 70.3, and there will be a few shorter races in there as well. I should have the plan laid out by the end of the month. Until then I'll just be getting used to the bike and swim.