Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rest

Rest is by far possibly more important than hard training. It is when the body repairs itself and builds back up to be stronger than before we punished it with grueling workouts.

I have been resting the past few days. But it was unplanned rest, which can be difficult. I spent the day laying on the couch shivering & sweating at the same time, while semi-watching the Giro and wishing my head would stop pounding. I may have whined a few times.

As most triathletes tend to be are type-A, structured people, setting the training plan aside when sickness takes over can be hard. This week was supposed to be a big build before I race Escape from Alcatraz. Instead I will race more rested. I've been in this sport long enough to know that sometimes this is actually a better scenario for me. Our bodies tend to tell us when enough is enough. And this won't always match the training plan - at least for me it never seems to.

Fun bike poster by Jason Munn.

The only thing I don't mind about getting sick is that it always makes me realize how much I appreciate my health. I am grateful for those days when I can ride my bike and push my body to extremes. I realize there are people that do not have this luxury. So today I am thankful for an immune system that will eventually win the battle with whatever is making me shiver while wearing a sweatshirt. Happy training. And resting!

10 comments:

Teresa said...

The body is an amazing thing..and you will be back at it in no time....and do amazing at Alcatraz!!!

Rest up!

Steve said...

I had a lucky day yesterday. I was planning on running home, but it rained hard all day. My wife ended up staying late to work, so we drove home together. We each had a McDonald's Cheeseburger on the way home. :)

I got home I realized I was sore almost everywhere. I don't consider I really overworked myself, but I took a weather rest day, and as it turns out I think I needed it.

So as with you I think positive. You need rest, and I think I needed a day off too. for whatever reason.

Beth said...

I think our bodies have a way of saving us from ourselves. :) Hope you feel better soon Charisa!

ADC said...

Hope you feel better soon. Until thenm, as you said, rest is a good thing.

Damie said...

This means you are going to have an awesome race at Alcatraz. Seriously. In the meantime, I hope you feel better, and don't sweat the rest.

FLATOUT JIM said...

So there. Sore throat, runny nose, and crappy sleep.

Hopefully back on track by this weekend. Just in time for the rain.

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Sure hope you feel better soon! Your attitude is, as always, the best. See you in a week!

Luke said...

Feel better soon!

Kim said...

Feel better lady! And you're right, it really does make us appreciate our health.. you'll still rip it up at Alcatraz and elsewhere - plenty of time for that! Get well!!

GoBigGreen said...

I agree with Beth, sometimes our minds and bodies arent always in accord! I hope you feel much better for the weekend and have a great race:)