Sunday, January 30, 2011

Honeymoon Training

If you have ever planned a wedding, there probably came a time when you thought ... "after the craziness surrounding all of this planning, I get to celebrate with my loved ones at my wedding AND I get to go on the honeymoon!" ... and that thought alone was enough to get you through the stressful times.

For me, training for a big race like Ironman can get overwhelming, stressful, tiring , but usually I really enjoy it. It is probably an 85%/15% split on love/hate.

I don't enjoy endless hours indoors on the trainer and I am getting itchy for the open road, but when I start getting frustrated I remind myself that I get to celebrate all of my training by racing an Ironman (the wedding) AND this year, right after IMTX I get to go on a second honeymoon to Belize (we celebrated 10 years of wedded bliss in December)!

So, when the temps get hot and the miles get long, I will be thinking of two things to get me through - the IMTX finish line and a hammock outside of a beachfront cabana in Belize.

If you have ever been to Belize, I would love your input on what to do / where to stay /etc.

The first month of Ironman training is in the books, coming in around 44 hours. Not bad for my first month back. I got the majority of my workouts in and didn't miss any of the "important" ones. I am not nearly the slave to my plan that I once was, but I still make time to get er' done. I could probably stand a few more days a month in the pool, but as many before me have said ... it's all about the bike.

Happy February! I don't know about you, but I can already hear the sound of the waves ...


Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Sweet! How cool for you guys to have a trip like that coming up!

Josh Scobey said...

We went to Belize as part of a cruise a few years ago. It was really pretty cool! They had sand streets and everyone got around via golf carts. You guys will love it! The only thing I will recommend is to do a snorkeling trip. They have the 2nd largest barrier reef (2nd only to Australia)off of Belize and the snorkeling was incredible.

Matthew Smith said...

Way to go on 44 hours of training! That sounds crazy to me, but keep it up. I've never been to Belize, so I'm no help there. Good luck as you train!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Awesome plan for post Ironman recovery!

I second Jeff on snorkeling. Haven't been to Belize, but snorkeling in Hawaii was probably our favorite activity all week.

Keep up the great training!

Carole Sharpless said...

Uuuuuuuugggggggggg... BELIZE??? I would more than volunteer to be your cabana boy! I could fake it. :)

You deserve the vacation, that is for sure. Enjoy.


Aimee said...

That is so awesome that you are going to go to Belize! I'm jealous!!

Velma said...

Belize - amazing!!! What a fantastic treat after IMTX

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