An important part of racing is rest.
Now I just need to tattoo that to my forehead, backwards, so I can learn my lessons haha. I am on the opposite spectrum of most – taking it ‘easy’ or days off can be very psychologically challenging for me. Therefore, the week before a race is often fraught with worries about lagging, feeling heavy or slow.
I make an attempt to scale back the week before in a big way.
What does this look like this week? Well things vary, but ideally…
- Monday- light gym workout with pushups/stretching.
- Monday night- like, a 15 minute ride on Oats haha. I was tired!
- Tuesday- Not running to work this week! No treadmill run at the gym and light stretching only, with my rehab exercises.
- Tuesday night- No dressage lesson. Light ride on Oats.
- Wed – Not running to work, and I might do some weight machine work with stretching/rehab.
- Wed night- day off riding! Bathroom cleaning and TV watching night.
- Thursday- Day off working out and going out for lunch. Go me! I almost never do this. As a creature of habit, it makes me feel uncomfortable when I deviate from my routines.
- Thursday night- jump lesson!
- Friday- Light barbells work with stretching/rehab exercises. No squats/cardio warmups. 5k total jog to Dr’s office for foot treatments in the AM.
- Friday night- drinking wine 😉 Day off riding.
- Saturday- Light ride on Oats, and no hills or any other runs.
- Saturday night- no wine. Boo!
So that’s my plan and I am sticking to it!