...you spend all Saturday morning (7:30am-1:30pm to be precise) cleaning, doing yard work, and caring for children INSTEAD of enjoying some long epic workout or race. Oh well, such is life. I thought about working out but it was my oldest's birthday party, and I just didn't really have time, and I'm ok with it. Of course once I see pictures from races (like Turkey Tri that morning) it does me in and I wish it was race time again. I'm weak, I know.
I just love racing. I love going fast and feeling my body that I've trained cooperate and 'show up' on race day. I love the anticipation of a race coming up, I love the 3 days before a race where I really prep my body nutritionally, I love seeing people I know at races, I love hearing and seeing my kids cheer for me when they come, and I love trying to podium (not being prideful, just saying it as it is, it's satisfying and fun JUST like finally placing in my age group was at one time and should be for most people). I love following a training plan, knowing what I'm going to do every day. So much in fact, I must get one back. I am useless without it
Now there is for sure a time and a place for a break from everything, I've taken about a true week off so far. I have worked out a couple times, but none really planned, just going out to do something. It's nice to focus on my kids more, my house and cleaning it (my Achilles heel - I am NOT a domestic goddess), just other stuff. But honestly, after about 2 weeks I've had enough and it's time for a training plan. So I'll put something simple together so I know what workout is scheduled so they actually get done, because I feel so much better when they do. A long base period until January/February when I can start thinking more about periodization and speed work and long rides/runs. I'd really like to work on strength training this winter. I have slacked seriously in this department for quite a while, at least a year. A strong base is so important to effective speed and power, injury prevention, and just feeling well. Here are a few strength training and off season training articles I found online.
Here - Periodized Strength Training Program. Doesn't have some of the bigger movememt/dynamic moves I've been turned onto lately, but good info none the less.
Here - Off season article by Keena Schaerrer, a great coach and fellow Powertri athlete
Here - Another great summary on off season training by the great Debbie Perry, a great nutritionist and coach in SLC
And not off season specific, but I just found it and thought I'd show you the topical index for David Warden's (an owner of Powertri and the completely-geekiest-know-it-all when it comes to triathlon coaching....he's my boss, I can say that) Tri Talk podcasts, the most popular triathlon podcast site online. Great thing to listen to during this off season.
Did I mention geeky? Yes? Well this is the man responsible for David's nerdiness.....I mean complete and impressive obsession for training knowledge and numbers :) Joe Freil, and he's written 4 excellent blog posts recently on Base Training.
So there's some jabber from me, what's your "you know it's the off season when..." line?