Doopy-Doo. Laa-Tee-Dah.

Soooooo, hummm, what now?

I’ve been told/urged/requested by pretty much every one I know to take some time off. Like a month….or as PIC says…maybe two. I don’t really even know what that means. Like, off meaning absolutely no swim bike run? Or just put the Garmin away and stay laxidasical about SBR? Me No No.

Is laxidasical a word? Spell check doesn’t like it.

This week I’ve been going to Yoga. I hate yoga. But I keep going. My hamstring flexability is worse than 100% of the 70+ year old women in Gentle yoga…oh and all the guys too. I can not downward dog, can not touch my toes, and the worst… I can not sit with my feet straight out in front of me. Like just sit there, can’t do it. So, I keep going to the yoga. Yes, THE yoga. It’s good for me to just simmer the F down for awhile and be still.

But I can’t say I’m comfortable with it.

Are all triathletes just hyper ADD compulsive exercisers? I don’t even know what fitness and exercise looks like without SBR. So, I’m doing some new things to keep me entertained. I walked the dog at the dog park with Michelle yesterday. It was thrilling…

I had a reservation to go SUP in the res but it was bogus and they were closed. Not the most “with it” state park I might add, letting people make reservations when you closed for the season.

There is probably some Zumba in my future, and some indoor rock climbing, definitely some roller skating. I love roller skating.

Half of me wants to make all these decisions about next year. Get my schedule figured out and tied up, decide what direction I’m going to head, how it’s all going to go down. But then another part of me knows I just need to let things sit for a ¬†little while. Take some walks, think about other stuff. Take a chill pill.

So, that’s what I’m doing. I’m delaying thinking. I’m just simmering.

It seems like in past years there was no break, I was onto the following year before the previous one ended. The “off season” was basically me swim/bike/running around and exercising without my Garmin. Some of my athletes are doing that as well. I can tell, I tell them to take time off, but they just put away the Garmin and call it good. It’s not really time off folks. But, you can probably get away with it for a few years.

I know I lose my fitness very quickly. Every winter with just one month of reduced work I come into the season with low watts and slow running and high heart rate. But I’m trying to not think about that. It usually takes me until June before I feel like I am somewhat back. So this month or two is probobly going to tank me, but I think after 6 years going hard, it’s time.

Did I just type 6 years…. 07/08/09/10/11/12 dang it, 6 years. Yea, this is probably long overdue.

So here’s to embracing real time off. Whatever the heck that means. Here’s to crappy yoga and sitting still and knitting and reading, and really trying to eat well and stay on track there so I don’t have to combat lack of fitness and weight loss at the same time come January. Here’s to embracing the break (shaaa…right).

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11 Comments

  1. I SO hear ya… but I haven’t been going hard for 6 years…. I’ve just been going. Time off is HARD. Yoga starts next week for me….

  2. I have nine weeks of off-season. I’m still S/B/R lightly, but am having fun exploring things I had let go for Ironman, like hiking and Karate. I feel you – I lose fitness SUPER fast too. (which is why I’m loathe to let go of S/B/R completely.) DEFINITELY a compulsive exerciser – my coach keeps peeking in on my logs and reminding me it’s OFF SEASON.

    As for weight, I’ve already gained EIGHT POUNDS (at 4’10” that’s no joke), so I feel ya there. Hopefully you have better willpower with food than I do – I can already feel the extra weight on my easy jogs.

  3. Good. For. You. Let’s go hit some “oscar-worthy” movies while the kids are in school! We’ll be caught up before the nominations even come out. {Cutting back from work this month after last month. Oy!}

  4. Good for you, dude! This is actually super cool for me (a non-SBR-er) to hear you chat about. I love running so much, that it’s hard to think about spending time NOT running instead. Go for zumba! I’ve joined a zumba class this semester and it’s been really fun! I’m so dorky and uncoordinated, but it’s fun to get silly anyways.

  5. I vote for Karate class, too! So fun!! That’s what I did after CDA- so hard and keeps you in great shape. Plus, you can block any punch! Snow shoeing! Cross Country Skiing! Wrestling (with Troy??). And coming back in January feeling like, “OMG!!! I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to be on my bike! I cannot wait to get on my bike!”

    I’m excited for you! And keep me posted on your season choices :-)

  6. I have totally embraced, well maybe not totally in terms of my guilt, but in all other ways my off season. I have gained some weight, but I think my psyche and my body needed to be still for a while.

  7. Good on ya for taking a real break!
    And….If you would like someone to indoor rock climb with I’d LOVE to!!!!!
    I’ve been wanting to get to that this winter so let me know!

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