Since my race, I have not done anything more to get my heart rate up than walk up a few flights of stairs here and there.  And believe me walking up those stairs tell me I need more rest!  I don’t know what I did, but I have never felt as beat down and tired as I have this week.  I guess its just the culmination of a very long season (February-November) and giving it all I had over 70.3 miles last Saturday.  The funny thing is you would think that I would be enjoying this time away from training, but I am not.  I am yearning to get back after it.  I am so desperately afraid of losing the fitness that I have worked so hard to build up, and I don’t want to have to start over. 

My plan for the rest of this month is to just excercise, not train.  Swim here run there and bike every so often.  No real structured training.  Then in December get on a some sort of a structured off season plan.   (Need to discuss this with my coach still).  My goals for the off season are to:

1) Stay in shape.

2) Build a stronger core

3) Add a strength training  program.

4) Add a fleibity program ie.. yoga and/or pilaties.

In January I plan to jump back into full swing in preperation for California 70.3 Oceanside.  My goals here are still a bit unclear (to go Ironman or get faster at short course) ,  although I am leaning heavily one way,  which I want to discuss with my coach more before I make any decisions.

I again want to thank my wife here publicly for being the absoulute most supportive person in the world.  There is no doubt that I could not do anything I have done this year without her.  I love her and my son more than anything in this world, and to have them there by my side is amazing!

I would also like to thank all of my friends and family that have supported me along the way.  I appreciate all your kind words and well wishes.  They do not go un-noticed.