Thursday, April 16, 2009

No Bonus Workouts

I just scrubbed the stains out of my kitchen sink. The microwave is spotless. The laundry has been done. Bed sheets have been changed. The cat box is clean. There are no leaves left to be swept up on my front or back patio. And now I'm trying to convince myself that I do not need to eat yet another bowl of cereal.

See, normally during Moana's long morning nap, I'm getting in my second workout of the day. Typically on my bike trainer. Sometimes a yoga DVD (Power Yoga for Athletes in the best!). But this week is a recovery week. I am under strict instructions not to do any bonus workouts.

This is killing me. I think this is the smallest training week I've had since the week after I gave birth to Moana. Seriously, I was doing more when I was 9 months pregnant! Ok, totally not fair because then all my exercise then was really light and easy... at least now I'm getting in some intensity, but still. Time-wise, I've got an extra 8-9 hours of free time this week.

Consequently, my windows are all streak-free.

This is what has been missing from my training plan when I didn't have a coach. Regular, planned, recovery weeks. Time to let my body absorb all that training I've been doing. I know it is the right time, because last Saturday I totally blew up on my brick run after that hard ride. My body was trying to tell me I'm Tired, and since somebody (read: Jen) was listening, we're giving it a break.

But body, listen up. Enjoy this down time now, because starting Sunday, we're back at it! Yes, I get to culminate this recovery week with another sprint triathlon on Sunday. I'm chomping at the bit to go HARD. Bring it!!

Then next week The Laundry Fairy is arriving... you know... the one who can't wait to get her hands on Moana... so my little triathlete brain is thinking of all those extra workouts I'll be able to get in while Grammy plays with Moana during the day... yes... dreaming of bike rides... outside... during the week! I can't wait to be exhausted tired again. Crazy that I crave that feeling, but I do. And Jen promised that if I am good this week, I'll get to have a big week next week. Yippee!!

So now I need something else to do to distract me from that bike trainer until Moana opens her little eyes. Update your blogs out there, will ya? Mama needs something good to read.

10 comments:

cat. said...

you crack me up. :)

Natalie D said...

haha light weeks are so hard!!

Molly said...

LOL! I was totally doing that earlier this week as I recovered from my race, any housework I could find to entertain myself. Good luck in your race this weekend!!!!

Angela said...

you sound like an addict. Too funny!

Rebecca DeWire said...

Doesn't it feel good to get the house clean? I hate the actual act of cleaning, but I love the end result. How exciting that your mom is coming!

X-Country2 said...

I have a filthy house you can come clean if you're itching to do some cross-training. :o)

H said...

I like the idea of rest but hate doing it too! A necessary evil though isn't it & I was in two minds about whether or not to swim today (I've had a ridiculously hard week so far and no rest) and you've encouraged me to think I was right in that yes, today I should just give my body a break...agggghhhh I hate it!!!! :) :) :) P.s good luck in the race this weekend.

Jennifer Harrison said...

HA! GOOD GIRL. I have my eyes on you! :) All this rest will make you SO hungry on Sunday and we will go big again next week (DO NOT WORRY). You are great though b/c you clean your house and all of that on your rest week - I don't! HA..well, yesterday, I did not work out until the State swim meet at night (of course) and I couldn't focus on writing workouts, so I did my laundry and cleaned my house! Nervous energy! :)) Not much longer...

Angela and David Kidd said...

You want to come clean my house? It is a disaster.

I used to always dread recovery weeks but because of the intensity this year and the just general business of Zach + the job, now I love my recovery weeks.

Can't believe you are doing another sprint triathlon. The only races around here all start in an indoor pool.

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

You'll do GREAT this weekend - GOGOGO! Ooohhh - have a blast with your Mom and enjoy next week's training! Should be tough (knowing Jen) but fun (knowing Jen) :) Now that your house is clean, will you come do mine??