I am sick this weak. I picked up a cold from my granddaughter. So, I’m taking a week off from training.
An involuntary break.
I know better. Or, I thought I did. It’s important every 4-6 weeks to rest, or at least “deload” by lessening the intensity and duration of workouts. Like many athletes, I know this but seldom do it for fear of losing conditioning. In my mind, I think progress is made in a linear, steady way. If I increase the work load each and every week, I will continually get stronger, more flexible, and faster.
The body needs time to adapt to the changes being made, and to recover.
This week, I am forced to take a week off. I had no choice. And guess what. I feel better. More rested. My RHR is lower than it has been in several months. I am sleeping more soundly, and longer. And, I have fewer aches and pains, particularly in the legs.
So, this is the plan. I’m going to rest or “deload” every 4-6 weeks regardless of how I may feel. I may still workout but not at the same intensity or duration. Or, I may stay off the bike and away from the gym entirely for 3-5 days. Voluntarily I’m going to rest, and give my body a chance to fully recover.