First off, most of you probably know how obsessed I am with The Office. I can’t get enough of it. (TWSS) Granted, this last season has been nothing but crap, but I can (and do) watch the early season reruns over and over and over (ask Jennie). If you haven’t seen the first episode, watch this quick clip.
So, why am I talking about The Office? Because after finishing IMWI, I was surprised with a freaking awesome present. Jon, aka. The Professor, and all around uber cool blogger stealthily shipped me a finishers present which Jennie somehow managed to keep secret. So, without further adieu, feast your eyes on what now sits on my desk, next to my computer monitor.
I think that pretty much sums it up.
Jon, you rock!
Now that I have finished this race, I can rightfully wear all of the cool IMWI gear that I bought. Shockingly, I hadn’t unpacked any of my schwag until tonight. Not sure why I kept putting it off, but I’ve just been so busy with work that it has been sitting in a bag.
As it was my first IM, I went a little overboard at the Ironman store. I ended up with two bike jerseys because I liked last year’s pattern better. Normally I don’t buy previous year clothing unless I race the previous year, but it doesn’t have a year on it anywhere so I figured it would be OK. Last year’s jersey is in the top left and is a nice quality K-Swiss cow print jersey. This year’s jersey is an orange/black pattern but for some reason they switched to a different brand that doesn’t appear to be quite as nice as the K-Swiss brand. Oh well. It’s my first IM so I had to spring for it and the bike shorts. I got a pint glass to add to my collection as well. Even Bailey scored some race garb with a M-Dot dog leash.
On Monday, once they put out the finisher’s gear, we went back to the store. This meant waking up at 5:30AM (after roughly 5 hours of sleep). My main goal was to get the coveted finisher’s jacket.
Well, with IMWI in the books, my 2011 triathlon season has wound to a close. My
winter coat leg hair is slowing growing back in and the weather is cooling off. So, what is coming up for me in the rest of 2011?
A lot of you asked in the comments about the blog title. At this point, I have no plans on changing it. I do hope to roll out a new blog layout and header in the near future though, so stay tuned for that.
I’ve started back up with some training. I was actually in great shape after the race and was feeling about 90% by Wednesday. I really felt no worse after IMWI than I do after a marathon. Sort of weird to think about, but the swimming and biking don’t pound on the body like running does so it kind of makes sense. I did some light workouts at the end of last week to loosen up my legs. However, this week I was itching to see what my legs could do. I did an hour tempo ride on Monday followed by an 8 mile tempo run yesterday. My legs felt absolutely awesome – almost better than they did before the race. I’ve still been maintaining a 3-day a week schedule at the pool mainly because I find it is a good way to break up the work day.
At this point, I don’t have a structured workout plan that I am following at all. I have a general idea in my head of what I’m going to do each day, but it isn’t set in stone and will adjusted depending on the weather and how I feel.
While my triathlon season is done for 2011, I am planning on doing a few more running races. The Grand Rapids Marathon is coming up in October. I’m hoping to do at least the half marathon if not the full. I’m going to test my legs out this weekend to see how much distance they still have in them and go from there. Jennie and I also have a couple 5k’s and other races planned to round out the year.
Cycling-wise, there is a century ride that I was hoping to do but it is the Saturday before the Grand Rapids Marathon. If I decide to do the half marathon, I may still do the ride, otherwise it is probably out for this year.
Finally, it has been 10 days since I finished, so I figured it was finally time to remove my last token from the race.
This closes the chapter on Ironman Wisconsin… and starts the chapter on Ironman Mont Tremblant!
Thanks for reading!