Its that time of year again.
A lot of the bigger events have been and gone.
It’s different for me because the Rás wasn’t this big event that I trained meticulously for.
There’s still an anti climax of course, but I’m back to normal now thankfully which means work and home life take priority and I’m riding purely for the fun of it again.
A lot our clients have just finished the likes of the Rás, ring of Beara, Belfast gran fondo, and soon enough the Wicklow 200 and the national championships will be a thing of the past.
This see’s a lot of riders scraping the barrel for motivation.
A mental battle commences that typically results in you feeling bad about not training enough and eating too much biscuits.
So you beat yourself and you just feel a little shit about it all.
What to do?
First of all it depends a lot on what events you have coming up.
If you’re doing the national championships in less than a fortnight you can’t afford to stop riding now that’s pretty obvious.
If you have no real objectives at the moment and you’re a bit lost and unmotivated to train or it simply doesn’t feel like you’re training towards a goal you should consider a ‘mid season recovery period’.
I don’t call it a break – A break resonates with me negatively so I like to change the terminology around a little.
A mid season recovery period is not just a period of being lazy it’s a time to let you’re body catch up a little physically and most importantly psychologically.
You mentally and physically recharge and things become clearer in your head.
You begin to look forward to the end of the season but also look at those events as opportunity’s to really perform and net some results instead of simply ‘going through the motions’.
A recovery period that I often recommend works as follows:
1-week recovery period –
Following a race/event or big training day hang up the bike.
3-5 days without as much as cleaning your chain.
2 days consisting of easy rides of 90 minutes tops ideally with a mate or two that include a coffee stop.
Then resume proper training under the guidance of a plan or coach.
Things to note!
You’re not burning as much calories.
The last thing you want to do is stack on the kilo’s so pull back the calories to your suit your daily needs.
For me a day off the bike while still being somewhat active this is about 2200 kcal – I simply won’t exceed that and I make sure the calories are coming from the correct macronutrients proportionately (within reason).
Try to eat well during this period and really replenish your body with the food and nutrients it really needs.
Another tip is to leave your bike into the bike shop just before your recovery period and also give it a wash.
This just means you’ll want to jump back on when you’re ready and you won’t have to wash it first!
Remove those barriers!
A recharge period is not a sign of weakness – rather it shows a level of maturity and knowingness of your bodies needs.
Enjoy your rest.