Upon finishing Wildflower, I decided I wanted to switch up my workout plan until I decide whether or not to pursue Vineman 70.3. My regimen has consisted of cardio, cardio, and more cardio, rightfully so in a triathlon training plan, but I’ve been jonesing for some strength training in the form of solo lifting sessions and my gym’s fantastic group classes.

I'm a little tired of tri training. Here on Wildflower's bike leg, I had yet to learn of my sunburn.

I’m a little tired of tri training. Here during Wildflower’s bike leg, I had yet to learn of my sunburn.

Instead of feeling obligated to jump into Vineman training, I’m listening to my body’s needs, and I need to take a break from the endless cardio workouts. This week, I lifted for the first time in maybe a month: I can barely walk today. I take this as a sign that I need to work on my strength before resuming my triathlon training. I’m using this week’s workouts as an opportunity to focus on a few key high-quality cardio workouts. I went to spin this morning and plan on running a speedy five-miler tomorrow.

The endurance training isn’t really taking a break: Jesse and I are running the Horseshoe Lake Trail Run this weekend as an alternative to sticking around the City for Bay to Breakers madness, which we ran last year. I’m using this race simply as an excuse to explore a new trail, enjoy what will likely be a gorgeous day, and jump start training for the San Francisco Marathon.

When I do decide to resume triathlon training, I hope to be mentally and physically refreshed and stronger.