For so long, I have followed the 'plan' to the point of turning down lots of opportunities to do other stuff and try new things. I made it my mission to try new things after Kona. Well since Kona is now on the back burner and the new plan for next year I am making the most of my 'leave of training' and embracing a new plan of daily exercise.
My prescription to myself is 2hours per day Monday thru Friday of whatever I like, but keeping it balanced so I do not do too much or too little of one thing. If I do not FEEL like doing two hours then no biggie, so long as I do something. It is exercise and about feeling good about oneself. It is not training and about pushing myself until I meltdown (which Emma is pretty good at). On the weekends I am then free to enjoy riding after nearly a two year absence of with the 'gang'. The gang stop for breakfast half way on the rides. Something I WOULD NOT DO when in training. Now I can enjoy taking my own sweet time and if I want to swim or run in the afternoon I will. If I want to do nothing, I will do that also. Sunday I aim to make Bukit Aman my regular fixture. Running long is the one thing I am really taking my time and easing back into. At the moment I am content to just shuffle along and not worry about how far or fast I am moving. I know if I go too far and hard too soon I will be back at square one! Plus, no need to go mad, training will not resume until after CNY next year!
So I have from now until February to do as I please. The first steps into the unknown were taken today where on a whim - (yes, you read correctly, I did something on a whim!) I joined Bee, Tomato and Mich for a trail run in FRIM. It was raining so hard our 8am start was delayed until 10am but once we started it was very cool!
Now I am not accustomed to running trails. My ironman shuffle revolves around a fast cadence (when fit and healthy) and very low steps, mum said it enough when I was a kid and today I could hear her voice "Emma, pick your feet up!" I am not as stretchy as I used to be in the days of practically having rubber band legs when playing badminton. I used to be able to jump and lunge all around the court and bounce back up. Just thinking about that kind of movement now hurts!
Once I got into the run I felt pretty good. Probably the best I have felt for a couple of weeks. (Told you the mojo is coming back and just in time for Hawaii!) So I tried to push a little and get my heart rate up. That was pretty easy mind, as the hills kinda blew my lungs. But then my lower back, read: right kidney area starting really hurting when going down hill and tackling anything that was rocky - so basically everywhere. It was getting pretty uncomfortable and then I realised it was because I was doing something totally unnatural - I was having to pick my feet up!!
On occasion I go for a massage, when they get to my right lower back - kidney area, they start making noises and then ask "got pain ah?" pressing deep into my side. Erm, yes, ouchy! This is something I need to get checked out, something to put on the new todo list now I have the time!
As for the trail run? Frigging GREAT FUN. Something different and something I would like to do more of. I am totally pooped now and so have spent the rest of the day vegetating. I am hoping to snag a road bike in Napa for the mountains and a MTB (that will be a first) in Hawaii for the trails!
Ironman is not forgotten, it is just 'on hold' for the moment and so long as I keep the body moving, when the time comes to switch, I think I will be stronger than ever :) Watch out IM China!