This is my Mamavation Monday post for June 18, 2012.
Happy Monday everyone! How are you? How was your training last week? Did anyone race this past weekend?
First off I would like to give a big shout out of congratulations to Wendy (@weightsover) and to Hanan (@lilaccitymomma) for completing this Mamavation Campaign and losing a combined total of 43 lbs over the past 8 weeks!! You two ladies rock!!
In my post on Thursday I shared that I’ve come to the realisation that I’m in between training/competitive cycles (called a transitional phase) and need a 2-3 week break in order to allow my body to recover, and my brain to prepare mentally for my next competitive phase, which will see me training for a Sprint Triathlon, followed by a half marathon race and perhaps another 10k race (any suggestions on which Toronto area races I should do?). From my observation of the Mamavation campaigns, I would liken the end of my competitive season to the end of the campaign, as I’ve seen quite a few graduates burnout after their campaign, and struggle to get back up. For the most part I think this is all because of being drained mentally. It is very hard to maintain focus over a long, long period of time when we train and compete, or work very hard on a weight loss campaign, so I think it’s very important for myself, Wendy and Hanan to acknowledge this and take a planned mental and physical break, and then return back strong, ready to compete and work hard with a well defined plan. This will allow us to avoid falling off the wagon, and asking ourselves where we failed. This approach, while mostly mental, is more controlled – it gives us the break we need, and a defined time to return, perhaps even with a defined attack plan. I’m sure this kind of break could be very beneficial to anyone working towards either sport and performance goals, or even weight loss goals.
So this week I am entering my second planned week of rest and recovery and I gotta admit I totally love missing my workouts without feeling guilty about it! That said, I haven’t been completely resting, in fact I would call this past week a period of “active rest” where I’ve gone on quite a few enjoyable walks with the kids:
That said, I’m really looking forward to jumping back onto the horse next week Monday and starting my next training cycle. My good friend Kia (@bodhi_bear), very aptly pointed out that my training should focus on speed because I already have the endurance to complete the triathlon (Man I love Kia!). She’s so right, so I’m working on a new training plan that I can’t wait to share with you next week!
Question/Sharing: How do you spend your time during an active rest period?
PS – Have you checked out my No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bite recipe on Mamavation yet? They’re delicious!