This week I finally get a break. I haven’t had a true recovery since I started my IM plan nine weeks ago — and definitely not in the base phase before that — so I’m really excited about this mental and physical respite.
It couldn’t come at a better time.
I raced yesterday (report to come tomorrow) and had a blast, but heading out for a long run AFTER going hard that morning nearly killed me (I’m actually not kidding about this — I had to run/walk my sorry butt home down Conn. Ave). I finally realized how much of a toll this is taking on my mind and body. I struggled with my entire being to get up this morning and swim 3000m — which I only did so I can have the afternoon/evening at home rather than battling the crowds at Wilson. In any case, I need this time to regroup, relax and prep to ramp it right back up next week until taper starts in August.
So, Monday through Friday I’ve got light workouts (Saturday is Total200, which I’m pretending isn’t part of this week) and a total off day on Sunday. Not having to set an alarm, sitting by the pool and maybe having a beer or two? What? Is that a thing people do?
Here’s what I’m planning to do with all this free time I’m not used to having:
1. Cook yummy dinners. I went grocery shopping a few days ago and stocked my fridge with all the right things to make a few real meals with real recipes (I’ve been eating well, just not anything that involves a lot of work) and get back into my Cooking Light challenge.
2. Exercise for fun. How can you work out in a recovery week, you ask? Well, one of the things I’m most looking forward to in the off season is inserting some of the variety and fun back into my routine when it comes to staying in shape. I get cranky when I don’t exercise, but sometimes you need a break from the swim/bike/run thing. And for me, taking a cool class at the gym or going to yoga or finding an otherwise new form of activity counts as a mental respite. I just started a two-month pass to Balance Gym (thanks, LivingSocial *and* Groupon!) so I’m going to check out boxing, boot camp and yoga. Maybe some pole dancing too…
3. Catch up on my DVR. I’ve got a bunch of stuff recorded that I haven’t had time to watch. It’s mostly triathlon and cycling (gotta finish the Tour de Suisse before THE Tour starts next week), but a few movies as well. I just want to sit on my couch with my feet up and zone out into mindlessness.
4. Sleep. I’m trying to arrange the workouts I do have this week for the afternoon/evening so I don’t have to get up at 5:30am. Often I prefer to knock it out early so I can go home after work, take a nap, make dinner etc., but I’m going to balance that with a few mornings of sleeping in.
5. Read. Almost all of my reading is triathlon/training-related. Anyone got any suggestions?
What would you do with a rare recovery week?