Breaking the Commandments: Holy Day of Rest

Fri – AM 30min gym, squats/thrusts/snatches/swings (generally short bursts of intense…) PM: Club swim cancelled! What’s a girl to do when trying to follow a schedule?! Well: 3x2k, 1×1.5k, 1x1k, 1x500m row = 9k row + commuting

Today I am struggling with the concept of ‘rest day.’

I don’t think any coach would write even an elite athlete a training plan without a ‘rest day.’ Every week, it is necessary to have a day in which one does not spend a couple of hours sweating out their body weight.

For some reason, however, last week I decided it would be ok for newb-Mc-newbison here to just skip it and go for a run anyway. And today, rest day week 2 has spun around and I was totally tempted to splash around in the pool.

On waking up this morning, however, I stood up and observed: my legs are tired (probably from squats), my shoulders are tired (probably from swings, snatches etc..), and over the last week I have been thinking of my bed long before ten oclock.

Now, how, I wonder, did I suppose I could swim well with tired legs and tired arms?
I’m sure I could drift up and down and convince myself i’d done a good session if I swam a nice 3k, but, having done so, I would not have got any faster or better at actually swimming.

So – today: enforced rest day.
That is the law.

Published by michellearthursbrennan

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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