So, the three questions I’ve been getting asked the most recently are:
1.) So, what race is next Lil Miss Ironman??? (they usually don’t call me Lil Miss Ironman, but I’ve kinda taken a liking to the moniker)
2.) Now that Ironman is over, are you two EVER going to have kids??
3.) Does your husband have a brother and is he single??
First of all, my husband does have a brother who is an Attorney. (Yeah, one brother is a Doc and another is a Lawyer. Christmas dinners are real fun in their household! At least Mom and Dad are proud.) He’s also happily married to an amazing woman and lives in Orange County, CA. Sorry Ladies…
As for the kid question, who the heck knows?! (But thanks for your concern and pressure) We’ve only been married a year! Can’t we at least have our first fight?? 🙂 Ultimately, it’s out of our control right? Plus, I have extreme faith that what’s meant to be will be. I wish I could wave a magic wand or see into the future, but I can’t! In the meantime, I will continue to work, exercise, train and travel the world like every day is my last. Believe me, my hubster and I don’t train to avoid the issue. We train to make ourselves happier and healthier people, which will only make us better parents. Don’t worry, I promise to put as much effort into children as I do my fitness regime! Besides, we’re both Catholic. Isn’t it a law or something to have kids?!? (so is confession, but who’s counting?)
In the meantime, I woke up last week and asked myself the same question that everyone else is asking.
“What’s next?!” (Lil Miss Ironman)
I’m in that weird phase of being so relieved that the intense MANDATORY training is over, but also not wanting to lose all of the fitness gains I’ve made over the last few months. I’m anxious to focus on running again, but I also don’t want to lose the progress I made in both swimming and cycling. What’s a girl to do?! Find a race, of course!
Shawn and I both signed up for the June 29th Buffalo Springs 70.3 Half-Ironman in Lubbock!! I’m so excited to be able to do this race with him because it’s such a great bonding experience. Our weekdays are hectic, but we get to run and cycle together on weekends now. These hours are so valuable and are much better spent on the roads than in front of a TV or our laptops.
In addition, we’re also looking at a few smaller tris throughout the summer: Lake Pflugerville in mid-June, Couples Triathlon in July, Marble Falls Tri in July, The Austin Tri in September and the Longhorn 70.3 in October. I’m also looking for a Fall/Winter Marathon because my goal is to hit the 3:20 mark someday.
I headed back to full workouts this week and it felt good knowing that I was doing it more for maintenance than anything else.
Monday: Gazelles Wilke Hill Repeats (5 forward, 3 Sprints, 3 Backwards). This is always very humbling. I felt like I had never climbed a hill in my life! Nothing like coming back to Gazelles with the hardest and most dreaded workout of the bunch!
Here’s the M/W Morning Crew at Wilke
And we’re off! That chick in the red hat “pretending” to sprint is me
Wednesday: Gazelles 800 meter Track Workout, including a mile warmup and cool down (6 repeats: 3:33, 3:23, 3:23, 3:23, 3:23, 3:18). All were very much in my comfort range and I certainly had gas for more. It’s just not necessary in this phase of training. I’m happy to realize that I haven’t lost any running fitness.
Thursday: AM Indoor Cycling with Maurice. It was a toughie, but good to get the cobwebs out! Lots of short heavy/gear intervals
This weekend: Friday Open Water Swim, Saturday 14-Mile Run, Sunday AM Swim and bike ride
The other thing that’s next for us?? TRAVEL!
We’re hitting Italy for two weeks in May and other trips this year include California, Hawaii and somewhere warm near Christmas.
So, don’t worry. I’ll find ways to fill my days 🙂