Where have you been, Tina?…

Believe it or not, I do still exist. I am still alive.

And so aren’t the thoughts about my blog. Yes, I did finish Ironman Lake Placid, and it was an amazing experience. I have started a draft of the race report (all of the relevant pictures are on my home computer, so I can’t quite get to them from here).

Post-Ironman life has seen me taking a break; taking a break from a lot of things. No more structured training – I just get out there and do as I please, and I make sure that the most important part of whatever activity I choose to do is to have fun, to enjoy it. My running is better than it has been in a very long time – I feel faster, more relaxed, pain-free, and, most importantly: I am actually enjoying running again. I haven’t actually enjoyed running in a long time. It became something that I did, not something that I enjoyed or really wanted to do. For the first time in quite a few years, I look forward to getting out there. It is a wonderful thing.

I needed a break from my blog writing. I had so many things going on, and was so fatigued – more so from the mental stand point – that I needed time to not think about anything, to just go with the flow and do what I needed to get back to being myself and get my life back in some sort of order.

I needed time to figure out where my blog was going to go next; what was I going to write about, what direction was I going to take? As the title states, it is the “Road to Ironman (and the rest of life)”, and I will indeed begin that journey down the road titled “and the rest of life”. We’ll see where it goes.

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Bakasana (crane pose)

I’ve spent a lot of time working on my yoga – my strength, endurance, and flexibility have increased greatly.

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Astavakrasana (eight-angle pose)

 

 

 
For now, I am enjoying doing whatever it is I decide to do. I have no races planned for the remainder of the year, and I’m not training for anything specific. Sure, I will probably throw a road race or a cross-country race in there, but there is nothing definitive. What is definitive, however, is that I am thoroughly enjoying my training right now, the level of fitness and conditioning I am at, and continuing to do what it takes to feel good about these things and to improve along the way.

And yes, I did get the tattoo…

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