The good thing about international travel is that when it’s over, you have an excuse for sleeping a lot. In my case, the problem with sleeping a lot was that life didn’t stop the moment I got back from Russia. I returned and life was rolling in full force. But I was jet lagged.
Work didn’t stop – I returned to all the things that were waiting for me before the business trip to Russia, and then some.
The Pike’s Peek 10K work was ramping up. Race day is this Sunday, April 23!
IRONMAN Lake Placid training was ramping up.
My kids had missed me. I have been away for longer in the past, but this trip felt significant.
And I took my daughter to NYC for a doctor’s appointment a few days after returning, which added to the insanity of the re-entry.
So yeah, jet lag added to that did not help. But I tried. And I did okay.
One amazing thing through all this is the friends who have been there for me to support me in my triathlon training. Really, the connection and bond we have through fitness and sport has been such a light in my life. Not to get too sappy…
But let’s get sappy. When you’re recovering from a busy period in life, travel, jet lag, insane schedule, and you have friends who drive almost an hour each to just get in a workout with you?
You’re a lucky girl.
My good friend Wiebke drove almost an hour at the crack of dawn to do a swim workout with me at my local pool. It really got me up and moving at a time when I was having trouble waking up and getting moving.
Jet lag, ya know…
And I was twice lucky after I returned from Russia. I also had a good friend Lester come over to ride our Wahoo KICKRs together. He biked with me 2 of my 3.5 hours and my kids were happy and playing nicely as we rode.
So I gave myself one week to readjust and to accept that working out was hard, no matter that I tried to keep up with it on the road. The readjustment was hard.
After that one really tough jet lagged week, I felt like it took one other full week to get back on track. But I couldn’t do extra. My coach had some extra strength workouts he was trying to add into my plan, and I just wasn’t ready to do more than the essentials of the training. The swim, the bike, the run.
So I did those things.
Now in Week 3, I’m back on track so I’ll recap this week early next when I can say how awesome I rocked it.
So for now, I’ll just say – I’m back.
Jet lag = over.
Life = very busy but not insane.
Determination = present.
Passion = to the max.
Ready for IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga next month?
I think so.
Ready for IRONMAN Lake Placid in July?
So we plug on. I have some really good things going on and I’m going to be back on track here on the blog now. Let’s do this, 2017! Again….