My phone call with coach yesterday started something like this:
Tim: "I read your blog post about your swim and then went into Training Peaks and hit delete delete delete..."
Me: "Oh thank you!"
Tim: "WHAT?!? You're happy? You actually want rest??"
Ha! Yes. I actually want rest. Go figure, huh? I know it does not happen often but sometimes I actually do want rest. :) So that got me thinking about why in the past I have seriously resisted rest. And I think it's because I truly didn't feel like I needed it. I mean, why rest if you're not tired?
I know many traditional triathlon training plans call for a rest week every 3rd or 4th week or whatever. But honestly, that is the most arbitrary thing ever. It makes more sense to me to listen to your body and take rest when you need it. And if your life is not extraordinarily stressful, and your nutrition is really good, and you're sleeping 8+ hours/night, and your training is set up to be appropriately taxing, well, you can probably get away with just an easy day here and there and just stay on a consistent training plan for longer than those traditional cookie cutter plans call for. Tim and I have similar feelings about this which is one reason why I think our coach/athlete relationship has been a rather successful match.
Anyway, in the last few days I've been honest with myself and honest with Tim (this is key!) and just told him that I was exhausted. So yesterday I bailed on that second run and this morning I went to the pool and flopped so slow and easy that one of the older ladies there actually stopped to ask me if I was okay. Ha! Clearly I have learned to take my easy days easy... And clearly I actually am capable of embracing rest and recovery when I feel it is warranted. Tim made a good point yesterday too... he said look what it took to get you here... Indeed. I really had to do WORK, and lots of it, to get myself here and that feels rather satisfying. :) In good news, I can feel my energy levels coming back already...