It’s been about one week since my Rev 3 full triathlon. The week has gone by so fast, and it’s been so amazing looking over my pictures, talking with friends, and writing about my experience! It’s still hard for me to wrap my mind around it! I wanted to reflect a little on the week after the race and fill you in on my upcoming plans! (Yes, I already have plans for more races!)
The morning after the race we got up and had breakfast with my family before they headed home. It was so fun to have them there with us for the weekend, but I was a little sad because I didn’t get to spend much time with them since I was racing the whole time!
After they left, John and I went back over to the race site for the award ceremony and brunch. It was so cool to see people who I’d seen in the race the day before and share our stories with each other! I also got a pretty sweet award! I knew I had come in 3rd in my age group, so I was hoping to get an award. It turned out that the two girls in my age group who beat me were also the 2nd and 3rd female overall, so they got the overall prizes instead, which meant I got bumped up and received the 1st place age group award! Here’s a picture of my loot!
After the awards ceremony, we drove back home, and I spent the rest of the day ice-bathing, stretching, EATING, and sleeping!
Tuesday morning came around quicker than I would have liked, but I felt much better than the day before! On Monday, I could hardly walk. I seriously had to hold onto walls as I walked so I wouldn’t fall over! By Tuesday, I could walk normally, I was just very sore. Even though I didn’t feel like going into work, it turned out to be a great day. It was so fun sharing my experience with all of my co-workers! My boss actually called me “his hero”!
By Wednesday morning, I had almost no soreness at all in my muscles! I made it through the day feeling pretty good, and so I did a hard-core foam rolling session that night. As Thursday and Friday rolled around, I felt better and better. I told my co-workers that I felt so good, I could probably go for a run! But I didn’t. Seriously, my only complaint at that point was that I was really tired. At any given moment during the week, I felt like I could go to sleep, and sleep for hours! Every night I slept 10 hours, and still felt like I needed more! Funny story–>Saturday night, John and I went to a college football game with a friend, and I actually nodded off while STANDING UP cheering! Pathetic, I know.
On Sunday afternoon, I was feeling completely back to normal, so I actually went for an easy recovery bike ride! To my legs, it felt more like a workout for the first few minutes, but I loosened up and actually felt very energized afterwards!
So, what’s next, you ask? Well, since I did so well in this Rev3 race, I’m going to do another! (If you do well in at least 2 Rev3 races, you have a chance of qualifying for their age group championships, so that’s my goal.) Don’t worry, I’m not doing another full–this next one will just be a half! The race is on October 13, so I have a few weeks to take it easy and then basically taper again for this race. For this week, I just plan on doing whatever I feel like. If I’m tired, I’ll still take days off, but if I feel good, I’ll do some easy running, biking, and swimming. I am not going to do ANY workouts leading up to this race! I don’t want to take the risk of hampering my recovery!
So there’s a little preview of what I expect out of this week: I’m hoping to feel better and better with each day. Mainly I’m just trying to give my body whatever it needs–sleeping however long I need to, eating whatever I crave, and stretching whenever possible! So, any of you readers inspired to do a tri now???