Every so often, every athlete needs time to recover and renew. For me, that time is now.
It’s been an eventful nine or so months since I tried to get this blog rolling. I suffered my first real injury, finished grad school, recoverd from my injury, started a new career, bought a condo, moved, and did countless other things that I can hardly remember. Amidst all that, I trained more than I ever have, often putting in 16- to 18-hour weeks with lots of hard efforts. The body can only take that for so long, and the will to keep it going suffers, too. So it’s time for a reset.
That’s not to say I’ll stop training–I enjoy it too much for that–I’ll just refocus. Rather than burying myself with heavy lifts and hard intervals, December will be a month of easy cardio and high reps.* It’s a time to work out muscle imbalances, improve my form, and generally not worry about performance. How fast am I going? Don’t care. How much power am I putting out? Doesn’t matter. How many plates? Whatever feels right. Feel is the ultimate guide, and everything should feel relatively easy.*
I’d like to say this is part of some overarching plan, but it’s not. I haven’t structured my training that much in a long while. But maybe I will again, and this might be the start. Until then, if you want to go for a jog or hit the gym together, I’m your guy. For once, it doesn’t much matter if we have the same objectives. Just be warned that I may walk hills or balk at doing another set, if only for a month. Come January, all bets are off.
* Calling attention to these statements as a reminder to myself, lest I fall into the trap of going just a little bit harder each time out.