Variation

Oh hai!

So, I’m not training for an Ironman anymore. I do need to update the tagline of my little blog. Ironbirdwell, however? I get to keep that one forever.

And that’s pretty great.

Not training for anything in particular right now. Hm… wait, no, I’m training for life. To be generally fit enough to enjoy stuff that I like to do and want to do, like bike rides with my friends, hiking, climbing, and running. I’ve also  found that regular exercise keeps me happy – both mentally and physically.

The past two work weeks have looked like this:

  • Monday – Crossfit
  • Tuesday – Track (running speed work)
  • Wednesday or Thursday – Spin
  • Wednesday or Thursday – Swim
  • Friday – Social run, maybe with some intervals and/or hills
I really like having this much variety (Duh. Triathlon is three disciplines.), but kind of wish I had the desire to do two workouts a day, so that I could get another spin class in (a surefire way to improve bike fitness) or get in two Crossfit classes a week (again, more effective than once a week). But for now? Not yet. I think that this is a good maintenance sort of routine. Maintaining my happiness… but it’s not going to make me a better Crossfitter or triathlete.

Plus, there’s all sorts of other stuff I want to do! I’m learning to snowboard and have been to Tahoe twice this year. Maybe just a few more times and I’ll feel like I’ve fully graduated from the bunny hill. I recently purchased a Groupon deal for two months of Bikram yoga. Pretty psyched to get into that. And I want to start going to the climbing gym at least twice a month – I enjoy that challenge as well, and would like to improve my skills indoors so I can enjoy some outdoor climbs this summer.

I do have to decide a few triathlon-related things over the next few months:

  1. Do I want to sign up for an Ironman or 70.3 for 2013? If so, which one(s)?
  2. Do I want to do any races this year? I didn’t race at all in 2007. Maybe I just need to take a year off sometimes?
  3. If I want to race next year, do I want to put in some effort this year to finally improve my swim?
  4. What if I don’t want to race again? How do I cope with those feelings? Triathlon is a pretty big part of my identity, but maybe I’ve moved on?