Never underestimate the importance of recovery and a bit of Rest & Relaxation every now and then.
I know that I have a habit of over-doing things sometimes. I’m stubborn and I don’t listen to advice and I probably don’t take enough rest days from exercise.
My exercise regime in 2016 has been pretty rigorous. I am loving my swimming, running, Crossfit and am finally out and about again on my bike after the Winter season. (fair weather cyclist only!)
But sometimes something happens that makes you stop! For me it was a back/shoulder/neck injury. It put me out of action for a week.
So I had a week of no exercise. It didn’t feel that great at the time! I felt like I was going stir-crazy and my hormones were all over the place. I had a lot of pent up energy and nowhere to get rid of it.
However, I also think it did me a lot of good. I went to visit a sports masseuse who told me my muscles were all pretty knotted. The week of no exercise was a chance to take a breather and re-assess. It also coincided with me taking a month off from the blog.
My enthusiasm to find the time to blog regularly comes and goes in waves and February was a bit of R & R from my computer.
After a lovely ski-break in Switzerland, I am now back at work and back to my exercise regime, back at my computer this Sunday.
This weekend was a weekend of new experiences. I went to a race training session at Torbay velopark and attempted my first “brick” session for 2016. Both were intense and difficult but I learnt a lot and enjoyed getting out of my comfort zone.
Now I’m planning what events to put in the pipeline for 2016. My first sprint triathlon is booked for April and I can’t wait to get going. The difficulty with training for triathlons is finding the time to fit in all the swimming, running and cycling needed. At the moment I am swimming and cross-fitting before work each morning and trying to squeeze running and cycling into my evenings and weekends.
The trick will be to make sure I include enough rest days to allow my body to recover. It’s definitely something I’m going to be focusing on. The last thing I want us to burn out or injure myself again.
Slow and steady…