Where Have I Been?

Ryan | Saturday, March 5th, 2011 Leave a Comment

View from the 29th floor of the Intercontinental Hotel, near Moscone Center.

OK, I’m back from San Francisco, where the weather mostly cooperated and offered some beautiful views.  I went MIA for a couple days at the conference, but I managed to train a bit nonetheless.  I ran on the treadmill at the hotel gym on Wednesday, and yesterday I did some weights training even though I had no workout clothes.

Let me explain.  I looked like that creepy muscle head guy from the 80s, with ripped jeans and a “wife beater” tank top lifting weights.  Except without looking like a muscle head, since, let’s face it I’m “lean” to put it affectionately.  A woman came in to workout out on her own and did a double-take.  I was so embarrassed that I explained it was either look like the Un-incredible Hulk or not get my strength training session in. C’mon, what would you do?

Overall, I’ve been able to balance conference attendance and training pretty well. I even fit in a late afternoon brick yesterday, heading straight to the park after the airport.  It’s where I snapped this fun little pic as the sun was setting.

I wish I was this tall.

I’m not working out as much as I did at this time last year, but I’m also not tapering for the LA Marathon, nor am I competing at the Desert Tri this weekend in Palm Desert. Most of my team is though.  It’s definitely difficult knowing the first triathlon of the season is happening this weekend and I’m not there to partake in the fun.  I was so concerned about getting sick or over-exerting myself.  But, I’m healthy, well-rested…and not at the event.  Hard to say whether I could have competed or if my health is the result of actually balancing my schedule effectively.  My approach is at least helping me focus on the larger goal of Wildflower and IM CDA.

Today, I’m home relaxing, mostly with Steph. She’s at a brunch now, which means I’ll sneak out to grab a swim.  Honestly, it’s really nice to have a relaxing Saturday morning not on the bike or on the run — literally.

How’s your training going, my friendly readers?  How are your race seasons shaping up?  Did the off-season work out well for you?  Any regrets?  Feeling good heading into the new season?  Tell me! I want to know.

Back to the blogging tomorrow.

108 days and counting.

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