Your season A priority race has come and gone. You may have exceeded expectations and posted a PB, or months of hard work went by the wayside. Either way, it’s done.
My husband Peter, who has taken part on over 15 Ironman races, shares a few thoughts following his experience over the years:
So what next? REST
Your mind may be telling you to continue training. You don’t want to lose the fitness you have built.. The reality is, unless you give your body rest, it is only a matter of time before you will get sick, injured or burnt out.
Depending on the length of your season and racing load, you need a 4-8 week transition period where you move away from triathlon specific training to unstructured exercise. This will let you body and mind repair and recoup.
This isn’t the time to sit on the couch and put on weight, but rather you need to focus on active recovery through mixing it up and doing something different like mountain bike riding, ocean swimming or whatever other sport takes your fancy. It’s also the time of the year to focus on strength training, which may have been neglected during race season.
Don’t worry about any small weight gain or loss of fitness. Your body will quickly pick up once you commence training again and the rest now will enable you to recapture and progress from the level you achieved in the previous season.
You will have mixed feelings about your Ironman race day. Let the emotions settle and give yourself time to assess.
In every Ironman there are lessons to take away. Take note of these (good and bad) and then move on. If you are the type of person who needs to set another goal, give yourself a bit of time and the bigger picture will become clearer.
Take a break. You deserve it!