"We need to reset and rest. For many of us, the 'R' word is one we dread because we feel like we have primed bodies that can endure many conditions and rest just isn’t in our vocabulary."
It is so easy to get caught up in training and racing. FOMO is our biggest enemy. What will we miss out on if we don’t go to the group ride? What cool swag will we not get if we don’t sign up for that race? Did we forget that we just finished training or doing a race and our bodies need a hot minute to recover?
Ah, the dreaded Rule #6: Rest is a Necessary Evil.
Just when you thought you were going to hitch your bike up to your car or hit confirm payment on Active, a little tingle in the back of your brain hopefully tells you, “Girl, chill. You need a break.”
Let’s face it, we all need a break. We’re all athletes competing and training at sometimes high impact levels and sometimes low impact levels of recovery, but that doesn’t change the fact of the matter that our bodies need to “recoup and regroup” as I like to say. We need to reset and rest. For many of us, the “R” word is one we dread because we feel like we have primed bodies that can endure many conditions and rest just isn’t in our vocabulary. We have long runs, long rides, tempos, fartleks, drills, active recovery, but rest, what is that?!
If you’re like me, it’s sometimes hard to rest because you see days you’re not training as opportunities to do other things like shopping and housework. Not saying that shouldn’t be done but you still need to rest.
- Take an hour to yourself to do nothing.
- Watch a movie.
- Read a book.
- Cuddle up on the couch in your super snuggly soft Tri Sirena Hoodie and some of your favorite animals.
Allow your body time to recover and prepare for its next round of endurance. You’ll perform so much better.
Written By: Jenny Teague, Tri Sirena Siren Luminary
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