Image by pierre pouliquin via FlickrSo I've had about 7 weeks off serious training and have spent that time being pretty much a complete sloth. There's been the odd swim session, an occasional run, an infrequent bike ride and a couple of aquajogging sessions. When I look at my log it averages around 2 hours per week of exercise - basically nothing!
I did confirm a very important characteristic about myself, though. If the coach doesn't prescribe it, it doesn't get done. It seems that I need to have an actual program, with tasks I can schedule in my diary and tick off. If it's not important enough to schedule then it obviously doesn't matter if it doesn't get done - well that seems to be how my brain works...
Coach Dave had been really relaxed about my training over this recovery period, but he probably wasn't anticipating I'd be quite as relaxed as I was! However I did suggest that it was time he gave me an actual programme to follow again, as I did recognise that I was starting to go slightly stir-crazy - and he has.
I've also had about 7 weeks without stepping on the scales, so the start of training also meant the dreaded weigh-in. Thankfully it wasn't as dire as I had expected. A couple of kilos have found their way back to me but I'm confident they won't be around for too long, and I expect with my more aggressive training schedule this year there will be a few more kilos being kicked into touch, which can't be a bad thing if I'm going to succeed in slicing 2 hours off my 2011 debut IM time.
310 days to Ironman New Zealand 2012 - here I come!