Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A Well-Earned R&R

I've been resting up after my killer half-marathon. My cold is steadily going away, and my knees are steadily feeling less achy. I've been sleeping a lot. I've decided all workouts the next 2 weeks are optional. I'll definitely get pulled into doing some fun ones but I don't want to push hard. I want my body to recover and I want my mind to be fresh for half-IM training. This is my R&R period. The lull before the storm.

All the comments you guys gave me about training were fantastic. I'm going to compile them into a post for all other fellow bloggers to learn from. While I'm resting, I'm putting together my training plan for the half-IM on March 31st. That will give me a solid 20 weeks of training, allowing me to start out slow and also for recovery weeks. In addition, carefully planning things out that far in advance will also give me flexibility to adjust things as I go. As we all know, stuff happens--injury, illness, family and career obligations. That way,I can take it all in stride.

It's funny how anxious I seem to get during R&R periods. I don't know how people take 4-6 wks off during their "off" season unless they're injured (I know; I know. The whole point is to avoid injury). But right now, I'm enjoying the naps and time with the bunnies (and Jason). All the best to all those out there resting right now. It's just as hard as training sometimes!

8 comments:

Cookie Monster said...

Ahhh rest and recovery... you are soooo lucky :) Last year at this time I was itching to start training. I even argued with my coach (as he sometimes reminds me). After a full year of intense training on a looong season I'm ready for a break... but not until after 70.3 World Championships!

Ellie said...

I've done that... rest for a month. Sometimes it's turned into a year but you won't let that happen :-)

Jenö said...

Enjoy the break! You've done enough this season to deserve it. Looking forward to hearing about your HIM plan (is it really only 20 weeks until the end of March? Yikes)

Mon said...

You deserve a break you work hard!

Jodi said...

Have some fun and stay busy doing all the things that you won't have time for in the future!

Jodi

Andy said...

Thanks for the comments. I feel the same way you do about R&R. I will not be training as long as you for my first triathlon, part due to it being earlier in the month. The other part due to the fact I think I am starting a week or two later in November to start my training.

I look forward to the "Advice" post you will be compiling.

Murtha...

Zoo said...

Just read your race report, great job, especially considering you were sick. Look like you walked away with a lot more on your plate then when you started, you can always learn a lot from races. Any joy your well deserved R&R. Sounds like you're going about this the right way!

Cliff said...

Enjoy the time off....as hard as it is ;).

If u ever have the desire to train, put it off and keep it unitl the winter comes...by then u will need it for sure..

I haven't touch my bike for two weeks :(. I probably won't touch it until dec time.