One thing that constantly bugged me during my Ironman training was that I could bust my butt Monday through Friday and then go out in a long Saturday ride, or a ski tour with a relative couch potato who would either keep up with me easily or, worse yet, lead the charge. I’d be huffing and puffing and they’d be waiting for me at the top of the hill. I now see that I was broken down and exhausted while they were rested and ready to go.
|Even dopers need rest|
I have a big stage race coming up next weekend, not to mention Leadville in August, but instead of pushing it harder and faster this holiday weekend I’m taking it easy, getting in some light hiking, stretching, resting, recuperating, eating well. I’ve been training and racing hard for the past twenty four months, and it’s taking its toll. Time to get some rest. Let’s see how it works out.