Thursday, December 15, 2011

How much longer do you have?

This morning, I was walking up the stairs to the office and asked a co-worker "How much longer do you have?" - meaning "When are you going on Christmas vacation?".

I am seriously counting down days at this point (4 more work days). The last couple of months have been rough and I am just ready to be off for a couple of days and recharge my batteries. Now that more and more people are on vacation, things have slowed down dramatically and it's feels good to start wrapping things up and get some "house cleaning" done, before the crazyness of year-end close is sucking us up all over again. Okay, that's enough work talk.

The older you get, the faster time seems to fly by and you'll hear it from everybody, but heck: "Where did 2011 go?" I honestly can't imagine, that Christmas is only a little over a week away (nope, I don't have a single gift yet) and New Year just a little over two weeks away. Since I have already spend a week in Germany in September, I won't be going back for Christmas/New Year. I am a little sad about it, but nothing to be done... For a brief second, I thought about flying out for a couple of days, but that's really crazy and won't help in the "recharging batteries" department. Fortunately, we were able to talk my parents into coming over for two weeks next summer and it has been fun to start the planning process there... two words: ROAD TRIP!

There has been a lot of cake, cookies and candy in the office lately. Of course, it's the season of FOOD and it's the gift that keeps on giving, since you'll have boat loads of fun for the next couple of weeks to get rid of all the extra lbs. At the same time, I am trying to not stress about the scale right now. Once we move into full blown training again, things are going back to normal fast.

CrossFit is still going strong and I am sad to just have one more week left. I won't be going back for another month, since 1) morning group swims start back up in January and 2) the driving to get to and from the gym before work is just insane. I am planning to continue to lift weights and squeeze in some met-cons at the gym two to three times a week. I am fully aware that this plan is very ambitious and it's not going to be the same without the coaches and the CF crew, I have been training with the last couple of weeks. Also, regular gyms are just not really set-up to house a CF workout, but I'll just have to see how I can modify the WOD (workout of the day) to make it work. I did find an app with suggestions for Road WOD, basically met-cons that don't require any equipment e.g. pushups, situps, squats type stuff.

The other training stuff is going good as well. At this point, it doesn't feel quite like off season anymore, but I still get to play and do stuff that I normally wouldn't do during the racing season e.g. mountain biking incl battle wounds. While CF left me sore a lot, I have to say that I can feel the improvement that it already brought to me swimbikerun. I just feel strong right now. Yesterday, we did a killer WOD and I was hurting all day, but when I jumped in that pool last night, I just felt strong... The same thing also happens while biking and running. It's quite amazing and I want to bottle the feeling, but of course that's not possible. Hopefully, the memory of this will get me in the gym to continue putting in the work on the weights!!!


  1. I love - and hate - that New Year's Eve is just around the corner. November & December are the most hectic months for me at work, so knowing things will calm down a little as soon as the clock strikes midnight makes me look forward to it. But I also can't believe that we're ALREADY there! This year has just flown by!
    Hope you enjoy your mini-vacation and that your batteries definitely get recharged!

  2. i am wondering where time went also! sheesh! wish we had more time off... glad you were able to convince your parents to come visit!