Today I took down the outside Christmas decorations. I always look forward to this task. It is not that I don’t enjoy the holidays – I do – I just like getting back to normal.
This year as I mentioned in a previous post, I enter my sixth decade on this rock. That is a bit sobering. If I analyze things, as I am wont to do, I can calculate that not withstanding a major accident, I have a danged good chance of making it to the next decade. However, I suspect as I move into the 2020s the odds of seeing daylight for very many years after that point began to drop dramatically.
Now, this is definitely not something to loose a great deal of sleep over. It does, however, remind me that I need to continue to enjoy life and living as much as possible, because I only have once chance at this ride.
My off season training continues onward. I am finishing up week nine of a 20 week off season training plan and am enjoy it very much. I continue to follow the Endurance Nation metrics and power based training efforts and the key is shorter, much more intense workouts. I am pushing hard on the bike and the run and my efforts are at levels that I have not previously experienced.
The net result so far is that the mix of high intensity and shorter efforts are toasting my legs and leaving me feeling stronger. This is definitely a leap of faith for me with this direction in off season training and I do believe my upcoming IM training will be better for it.
And I also believe that I stand a solid chance of achieving my ultimate goal of beating my previous IM time at IM CDA 2010!