How Goofing Off Can Make You Better, Faster and Stronger

Saturday, September 28, 2013 by Coach Denise

“What workouts do you have this week?” I was asked. “I don’t know, maybe I’ll run and I’ll probably ride with Jonny on Saturday. “

You see my Training Peaks had very clear instructions – WORKOUT WHEN YOU WANT TO.

It is easy to get caught up in training and racing and never really take a time out. Every race that I have ever done has resulted in a list of things that I want to work on before the next race.  To top it off, I am one of the easiest people to talk into doing a race, including Ironman.  I am not alone; many triathletes tend to not want to take breaks in training for many reasons, especially the fear of losing fitness.

The truth is fitness is gained when we recover and not during training. Taking time to recover is critical to improvement. In addition to the physical benefits of taking a break, there is a mental benefit also.  Getting burned out mentally can impact your performance and overall well-being.

After completing Buffalo Springs 70.3 earlier this year, I took an entire month off. I just worked out when I wanted to- no Garmin, no logging into Training Peaks, just doing. It was awesome! I slept in. I did Crossfit.  I rode 100 miles with my buddies. I ran. I walked. I didn’t swim much, but that’s OK; the break that I took made me want to get back to training and racing. 

Good thing, someone talked me into doing an Ironman in a couple of months…

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