I woke up Tuesday after the race experiencing that empty "sad-it's-over" feeling. I was still in Tahoe, but everyone had left (except John, but I'm always with him so...). Elizabeth left before 6am that morning -- I was obviously not awake yet, hehe -- and my parents and sis left the day prior. So, that day, I finally got in a small run, and it felt great. A good, much-needed release.
|Running along the bike path in Tahoe. View doesn't suck.|
|Ya know what else helps? Celebrating the accomplishments of|
these dudes, who I love so much! Couldn't be more proud.
This was Monday after the race, and, yes, my eyes are surely
swollen and tired here from some tears. All better now though!
1) Biohack. Now is a great time to do some n=1 experiments. Biohacking will serve as the "umbrella" for everything else you'll read below. What exactly is biohacking? The whole concept can get pretty deep and intricate, but it's fascinating to me, and very cutting-edge. Read here for some brief intros to it, and links to some well-known biohackers. My goal this offseason is to learn more about my body and mind, see how I can affect and alter those things in effort to be more productive, less stressed, healthier, and so on, in particular when endurance sports training is not a huge priority. HRV is just one example of biohacking... another thing I'll try is "Yoga for the Eyes" (yes, there is such a thing) in attempt to gain back some quality vision - God knows I need it after the Tahoe fiasco! After a few months, it will be interesting to see how I am physically and mentally once I do get back to training.
2) Long offseason. Like I said, I will not be racing anything significant for the rest of the year and will be trying out a really long offseason for once. I'll maybe do a for-fun Turkey Trot or whatever, but nothing serious. Last year I took a decent offseason, but I still think it was too short for what I may have needed. This year, that won't happen. I am talking a full three months off with no formal coaching, no structured training, nada. (PS- Lucho is still my coach, and we still talk regularly for the podcast and whatnot; he's just not writing me workouts currently.) This will be the longest downtime from formal training I've had in recent memory. It's not really in my nature to be without structure, let alone for three consecutive months, so this will be fun, right?
|I got in one ride last week, and this happened. In my|
tubular. Something is telling me to stop riding!
(Granted this ride was at a grandma pace with no data)
4) Projects aka work work work! Kinda like activities but non-physical things, whether for business and/or pleasure. During training times and with my regular workload I find it hard to fit in those back-burner projects. Well now I have no excuse, especially if I'm an uber-productive biohacker ;) Writing an e-book, picking up a paint brush, revamping my CoachTawnee.com website (Sarah Weeger, web-designer superstar, you reading this?), doing more article reviews/blog posts/writing, reading, gardening, quality cooking (and maybe even writing down the recipes for things I create for once), etc., are all things I have in mind. There are some others too...
5) "Planning" for 2014. I already have a plan in the works -- don't sign up for anything! (Yet.) I need a little time to be free from having a race on the schedule -- I can't remember the last time that was the case. It's a little scary, but necessary I think. That said, I do have some races I'm eyeing for 2014... But that is top-secret confidential stuff. However, one thing that is NOT top secret for 2014 is a very cool new relationship I'll have with Betty Designs. I am honored to be one of Kristin's "Skulls" for next year! It doesn't get much cooler than that. I have been a fan of Betty and Kristin for years now, and couldn't be more stoked on this relationship, not to mention, I am among some pretty special ladies here. What an honor. If you have never seen the Betty Designs collection, give it a look by clicking here. And when you buy something (because how could you not want to buy something) use "coachtawnee" at checkout for a discount! I have some other relationships brewing for next year too. It will be a blast, that I can guarantee.
Other than that, I just plan on living in the moment and enjoying each day as it comes. Some days I'll be slammed with work and I bet I won't even make it outside or out of my PJs (oh yea, that happens), while other days I will make an effort to jump in the ocean, take a walk on the beach or share a beer. John is on the same page right now too, and so far it's been really fun to see how we operate without training....
|Sporadic concert in the park here in Laguna, along with a tasty pumpkin beer.|
|Sunrise run shadows and no one else around....|
|...and sunrise run views. Dang, I love this time of year at home!|
|A little indulgence. I am not a fan of this stuff, but John is. Fine with me - that means more chocolate for me!!!|
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|Life is good, or dare I say, epic ;) ... This is a kombucha beer, btw, and pretty darn tasty!!!|