Not 'weird' or anything truly exciting, but it was not the month that I expected. What did I expect? For some reason, I did not think about what I would actually be doing in January but thought of it in general terms as a new year, a time to really focus on training, and blah blah blah. The reality was that January ended up being more of a challenge and there was way less consistency than I expected, so I did NOT settle into a routine at all. Some of that was due to things like getting a cold, which I did not anticipate (fortunately it did not wipe out for days on end, so I consider myself lucky because a lot of people were not that lucky). I also traveled a lot - returning from Boulder at the beginning of the month, going to Carlsbad/Encinitas, and then also taking a quick trip to Texas. While I tried to be active during some of these travel days, it's not the same as following a plan at home. Plus, I was super sore following the Carlsbad Half-Marathon - a good sign that I really pushed myself, but I had a light week after that race because I needed to recover.
Here are a few snapshots from the month:
This was an awesome beach around Encinitas - we're actually going back that way in March and we can't wait!
A post-race photo with everyone! I think that our dogs were officially grumpy and ready for a nap at that point. I was too!
Ah, the trainer. I made an "upgrade" to the bike - aerobars! I thought that I would have to learn how to ride all over again, but it hasn't been that challenging, and I even put in a 50 miler with them! But a decent amount of my saddle time is on the trainer. Still, time in the saddle is time in the saddle.
I usually dread February for different reasons, but I'm actually excited about consistent training and getting in the yards in the pool and the miles on the bike. Running and I are currently on a hiatus, but hopefully we'll make up soon!