The Rest Week
After riding the bike 11 hours two weeks ago, I took most of last week off and only went slightly crazy. I generally take Monday’s off from riding, but every month I take a week easy to recover and regroup. The time I normally ride are instead spent cleaning, maintaining and upgrading the bike as well as doing active recovery for myself (walking the dog and cleaning the house, too). Of course this didn’t go to plan and I spent most of the week fighting a cold, and then did a 70 mile ride on Sunday. Oh well.
Three weeks of riding almost everyday, at least an hour a day, takes a toll physically and mentally, so it’s important to take this time to unwind and remember why you love riding, instead of incessantly training for some goal. I actually got things done around the house last week, as well as those that always take a back burner to cycling, like getting my hair cut and going to the bank.
The rest week for me is also a good time to get back on track with stretching and hydration, since sometimes you forget to recover properly from every ride. Instead of inhaling breakfast and then running out the door to catch a group ride, I make sure to down a glass of water as soon as I wake up. At night instead of getting bikes ready for the next day, I take 20 minutes to get some good stretching in, and take it easy.
Taking it easy is the goal of a rest week, and it’s not hard to do here in Penang. Something about island living, right Darryl?
So how do you guys take a step back from regular training to recover, or is this something you need to start doing? I want to hear from you!