But here's the thing - it isn't really slipping away. Allowing your body to truly rest and recover for a day here or there mid-season is quite different than giving it a solid break in the off season. I'm not suggesting you should eat donuts daily and don 57 pounds this winter. But chances are you asked a lot of your body over the past months. Give it a break. Add some variety (gasp!) to your life. There are in fact quite a few other things to occupy your time other than swim-bike-run. And if you do this, when it comes time to mentally push your body through barriers next summer - it will be much easier to do so.
Here are a few of my favorite off-season activites:
- Sleeping in - no alarm clocks!
- Making my only workout of the day a walk to get coffee.
- Re-watching holiday movies (A Christmas Story), funny movies (Beverly Hills Ninja), or just trying to catch up on all those movies I have not yet seen.
- Hiking, snowboarding (I have trouble doing this where I currently live!), beach-sitting.
- Attempting to cook new things. Attempt is the key word here.
- Lazing around the house on the weekend doing nothing productive.
- Surfing - I've actually yet to do this because every time it sounds like a good idea my warm bed is more appealing than the early morning chilly ocean water. But I'm working on it.
- House projects, all those things I put off for the past 10 months.
- Replacing my time-suck activities of surfing triathlon web stuff, with art & illustration sites.
- Sitting on a park bench and just watching people.
What's your favorite off-season activity?