And I'm not just talking about physically.
Let me share a bit about how my recovery has gone since the ride on Saturday. I came home and felt tired but not sore. I stretched and rolled and felt good.
Sunday morning I woke up and felt a bit stiff but a bit of yoga really helped. I cleaned my bike (and my old bike, Frank) and still felt good! My family and I even went to the park in the evening and walked for about an hour!
Yesterday was a planned day off - and though I felt great physically, I knew I should rest my body. My baby kitty helped me to remember to stay put!
|"No workouts, Mom! You stay right here and rest your legs!"|
But then I woke up this morning.
And I just wasn't feeling it. Not physically. Physically, I feel great still. I'm a little more worn down than I was yesterday - but my period arrived and that's to be expected.
The biggest issue today is that I was simply not mentally ready to work out yet.
And that's EXACTLY why Recovery is so important! It's not just that my body needs a rest. Honestly, I feel like my body could pick right back up and continue with my workouts as before! But apparently, my brain needs a break! I had kept up with 2 months of training for the Century through my daughters' birthdays and a weekend of ballet and Easter and everything. I think I was mentally more exhausted than I realized. And the next 6 weeks leading up to the next weekend of ballet (for both girls) and my son's high school graduation will be even crazier.
So today, I turned off the alarm, texted my hubby that I was skipping my workout, and went back to sleep.
Best decision of the day! I was able to get our lessons done, and the laundry, and a bit of housework - and I didn't have to rush around and I have felt so nice and relaxed all day! I'm not worried about losing my mojo. I love training and I love my workouts. But if I don't balance them with some down time and recovery, then it takes away the enjoyment. I enjoyed my Century ride on Saturday - and I intend to enjoy my fall marathons. In order to do that, I need to make sure I'm full Recovered from one training cycle before I begin the next one!
Remember to schedule some Recovery time into your training calendar! :)