Friday, June 19, 2009

Thank Goodness REST WEEK Is Almost Over

So . . . rest week.

Rest weeks blow. It's not that I'm sad to have a reduction in volume and intensity of training because I'm not! I love to rest! In fact, at times it feels like I would be in danger of returning to couch potato land if I didn't have races to prepare for. Which is why (just one among a myriad of reasons) I continue to do this.

No, rest weeks blow because during them I feel more tired, more hungry and less motivated. It actually HELPED to look at Training Peaks last night to see 11+ hours on next weeks schedule (starting a build toward the Utah Half Iron with a bike focus). YES! With a schedule like that there is no choice but to buckle down, focus, eat, and get it all in. But seriously folks if I had my druthers I would take this weekend off of training. Just because.

I'm not overtired, over trained or burned out. But just because. I feel lazy. Yuck.

PLUS my 69 year old phenom training partner Tony is out of town for two to three weeks! So when I'm putting the day's workout off there is no one there to help me keep on schedule. And I've put off the workout just about every day this week. YAH!

I'm supposed to go to a Swim Las Vegas open water swim tomorrow morning but am already considering skipping it and it's 24 hours away yet!

I guess it's okay to feel "off" once in awhile. It's "normal." Sigh.

On another note my friend Wade told me I look more "buff" in the arms than he's seen me in awhile. This was yesterday. I told him that's what 4-14 hours of training per week will do! Hee hee. I also told him I've gone up three sizes!

My business is moving forward at breakneck speed. My new website will be up in 30 days or less and I will be blogging professionally and doing a bunch of other stuff to get "out there" in the white paper writing world and the entrepreneurial world in general. I'm already writing stuff for my own business and for clients -- I'm just taking it to another level! FUN! EXCITING!

I am BEYOND EXCITED for my blogger buds doing Ironman Coeur D'Alene tomorrow: Izaac, Victor, Stacey and Dave and a whole host of others whom I either read about or know through folks on Facebook. WOW I'm actually sort of nervous and excited myself -- kind of a microcosm of what they are each feeling I'm sure. Such a huge thing to be doing, something that most of the population will never even attempt. I just got chills.

With that I'll see you all next time! Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

Hahah and I thought I was the only one that felt that way during rest weeks.

I have been off for 2.5 weeks now because of my bum ankle, and I have slept more than I ever have. How is that?!?!?!?

teacherwoman said...

I get the same way about rest weeks/recovery weeks. I end up feeling blah!

ShirleyPerly said...

Congrats on the buff compliment! I love it when shirts no longer fit :-)

And I too find it helps to know what's ahead to appreciate rest weeks more. Otherwise, my tendency is "rest" by doing all sorts of other non-workouts which can, in FL, actually cause as much sweat and exertion as real workouts, LOL.

Alisa said...

I'm with you on the recovery weeks. I'm jumping into the world of Tri's after marathoning. I liked the taper of marathon training but recovery weeks were always killer. Why are we hungrier? I never understood that!

Wes said...

It's OK to feel yuck. It's not OK to give yourself an out. Keep working hard Stef!!

Formulaic said...

I often feel like crap on the off weeks.

It's like a minibout of taper-itise for the week.

But it's nice to look ahead an know that this is the calm before the storm.

You're gonna rock that storm - full on hurricane!