I have done 2 ocean swims (floats), 2 pool swims, 4 days of surfing, one hike, one snorkel session to look at really pretty fish, an hour of throwing the football on the beach with the boys, a walk under the mood down a hill with Masuda to dinner, a tandem surf session with Kainoa, 4 rounds of "shooting hoops", a game of tag with 6 year olds, and won a skee ball game at the arcade! I call that "recovery to it's finest". None of it included a set pace, time, or distance. All of it included a little fun, time with family/friends, and a complete mental break from swimbikerun.
And now what? I feel very mentally refreshed. This week will be time to ride the bike, lace up the shoes, and take it easy-exercising. I'm not sure it can be called "training" just yet, but it will be time to get the body moving again, blood flowing again, and prepare to set up another goal. I even began a packing list for another race!!
What are my favorite post-Ironman tips? Find something "actively new" to do, try a new sport or hobby. (like hoops at the arcade!), take up a new recipe and master it without fear of eating too many bites. Stay up late watching a really good movie, sleep in if you can (parents, I know, it's not very possible). Reload the ITUNES when you are ready to get back into the swing of running, new songs are the best to get us motivated! Of course grabbing a training buddy and signing up for another goal always makes it more fun to get going again too!