Coming off a solid 3 months of racing and a great result at Rev3 Williamsburg, this week has been a time to unplug and recover. I've only started 5 races this season, and many athletes do WAY more racing than I do. However, if I've learned anything over the past few years, it's that my body can't handle sustained training/racing without breaking down. I started building up for the season over 6 months ago, so despite only racing for less than 13 hours this season, I know it's time to reset.
The temptation, especially after the win, is to push the limits and carry my form into a few more races. The argument goes: "You're a pro, that's what you do, RACE!". My response would be simply that I want to race well, not often. Quality, not quantity is my goal (How many 10th place finishes do you need to equal one win?). I pulled off a great taper race at Williamsburg with the ever-helpful input of Matt at The Sport Factory, but it's not possible to do a full taper many times in a year. If I want to continue to improve and race well, I need to let my body rest.
Having the confidence to take a step back is tough and many age group athletes (and pros) never allow themselves to do it. I know it's been difficult this week for me even though I know it's what I need. Short, easy rides and runs along with a few laps of floating in the pool keep the blood pumping and facilitate recovery. I don't know how many times I've been passed out on the road. Men, women, small children, turtles, you name it. I don't think I've run a mile faster than 7:30 pace or put out more than 200w all week. My last ride averaged 14 mph, just over 1/2 the speed of Williamsburg! The only thing I've worked hard at is trying to beat my dog at what he does best:
Enjoy your century rides and 18 mile runs!