The past few weeks have been dedicated to recovery of sorts for me. At Singapore I hit a very crowded intersection in my life where I had so many competing stresses, that even something I enjoy like triathlon seemed to be a real burden. Between work, problems with the neighbors, illnesses in the family, and even more work, and trying to sell and buy a home at the same time. I just could not find the right time to fit in those critical workouts.
Well, that's not the whole story. I really just felt drained when I did find the time. The Singapore race felt like such a huge burden to me. Thats just not what its supposed to be about. It was just one goal too many for me to handle properly.
That was perhaps 3 weeks ago. Today feeling quite refreshed. I went for a 1 hour bike ride followed by a 30 minute run. I felt GREAT!
There is still allot of stress. In some cases more, but being on a two week "no contact" break from work has helped alleviate some of the stress. But My foot felt great. Not an incling of pain. mentally I feel almost ready again.
At least I feel ready to slowly get back into it. I think we should all at times take a break from our lives. or at least some portions of it. I guess that's what a vacation is about. But I do know of so many people that even when on vacation they simply cannot just stop and veg. I mean they take their vacation and then build a schedule of "Fun" things to do.
Athletes often stress on how they can continue their training in the new environment. Come on! Just enjoy the time off. That's where I found myself at. Once I let go of the "need" to train I was able to focus on the real priorities. Maybe that's what over training is about?
Anyhow now that I am in a better place, training is fun again. Looking forward to the challenges of IM Moo in 08!!