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If you follow us, you know that we have mixed feelings about rest week. We are doing ‘century rides/100 milers’ every weekend now and the second ride of the weekend is now creeping up in terms of mileage, so whether we like it or not we need time out to give our bodies a break and to fill up our energy levels. So every 4th week is a week where we have more rest and pull back on the intensity of our training. Whilst we look forward to a break from the big miles we struggle a bit to reign it in – highlighted beautifully in a mid week conversation we had where Sam was giving me a ticking off for swimming on rest days – my justification being that I’m only in the sea for half an hour as I adjust to the cold water and get my swim time up ready for the Scilly Swim I’m doing next month so it’s hardly a full on training session. Followed by her admission that she went out on the bike ’smashing for stats’ earlier that day despite the fact this week is all about pulling back. We’re both as bad as each other. However, in our defence the fitter we get and the bigger the miles that we do – I guess ‘rest’ is relative?
It was made somewhat easier this week given Sam and I had both planned weekends away and some much needed time with the family/friends that we end up neglecting somewhat when we’re in the thick of training. I was off to Cornwall with my daughter to spend time with my brother and his family and to enjoy the delights of Padstow, living in a little wooden cabin by the sea with a wood-burner – drinking beer, overeating and generally having a relaxed weekend with no real plans other than to be with my nearest and dearest. Friday was glorious sunshine and I had a real sense of joy having taken the day off work to explore the beaches and coastline, pizza and beer for lunch and a meal out at Rick Stein’s pub in the evening. Saturday and Sunday were windy and really cold – so we opted for a trip to Newquay Zoo and a night in at my brothers. My Sister In Law is an awesome cook so that’s never a hardship. Great to be away, I love that part of the world so much and it was just the tonic. I have to admit that whilst I’d had a lovely weekend I did feel like something was missing. My plans changed Sunday afternoon so I thought I’d use the time to get an endurance swim in at David Lloyd and some time relaxing in the sauna….then I realised what I was missing…..endorphins. I felt so much brighter for getting my fix!
Sam was off to North Devon for a weekend with her husband and good friends, drinking gin, indulging in great food, surfing, seaside walks, daytime naps and again – just letting go and enjoying all the good things in life. It’s nice to hear her relaxing.
I read a blog at the weekend about someone who’d done the RAB ride last year and it was a blow by blow account of the riders experience both physically and emotionally. There was a lot around his preparation as well as his account of the 9 days cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats. It made me realise that we’re very much on track in terms of our preparation but it made the pending ride feel more real. And I don’t mind admitting that of course i’m excited but I’m a bit anxious too. It brought it home reading about the emotional highs and lows, the toll on the body and the challenges of riding big miles every days and camping every night. 980 miles is a long way and 9 nights camping and being in the ‘RAB bubble’ is going to have it’s challenges.
Anyway. Suitably recharged and raring to go. This week we’re aiming for our first weekend of back-to-back 100 milers. Eeek.
Sea swimming before work a few mornings each week. An invigorating start to the day!
A weekend of eating, drinking, laughing and lay ins!
Saturday afternoon after surfing in the morning, I had an hour snooze in our beach front apartment – and I never normally sleep during the day, so super enjoyed a recharge.
Cocktails, yummy food and quality time with my hubby – much needed time away for us.
Wiggle now charging for returns. I spend a fortune on that site largely on the basis returns are quick, easy and free if necessary. I’m not impressed.
Not being able to walk properly after Wednesdays weights session, for a few days.
Rest week is always a weird one – feeling physically and emotionally drained after a tough few weeks More of a learning curve than a low – need to stop smashing my legs to pieces and ease back on rest week, as definitely pushed too hard this week. Lead legs!