Ahh, Rest

I’m in that glorious phase of training and racing. The almighty rest week. Okay, well longer than a week. More like two weeks. (Though I did squeeze in a couple of rides last week in Belgium.) But for all intents and purposes, I’m not training right now. Letting the batteries recharge. I’ve got to say I’m really struggling with jet lag. Normally I don’t have any issues. But this time I’m pretty much wiped out. Last night Marc and I watched the women’s World Champs race and I could barely keep my eyes open (it was 7 p.m.). Suppose this is normal considering I’ve just come off an intense season of racing, training, and traveling.

One thing about the rest period is the free time. I’ve got time on my hands. Loving it. Catching up on reading. Taking long leisurely baths. Getting the house organized. And really just generally enjoying the down time.

Had a super talk with Coach Steve yesterday. We hadn’t talked in a while so we had so much to catch up on. We talked a lot about my experiences in Europe. We both came to the same conclusion – although it was super tough at times – it was the best thing that could have happened to me. We’re going to be mixing things up this season with some different types of training and a switch in racing focus. (No, I’m not going to tell you everything. Not that I can – since we are still getting the plans sorted out.) Needless to say, I’m stoked. My fire is re-ignited. I want to go back to Europe and conquer the courses that gave me stress and headaches this past season.

Heading back to yoga on Saturday morning. So looking forward to it. I am missing the heat of the hot power yoga class. I need to feel that clarifying sweat and warming heat. I’m also looking forward to catching up with my yoga pals.

Okay, not much else really going on. Pretty much in that phase of just letting things roll and see how they play out. I do have to say this cold and snow is a brutal shock to the system. Funny to think that last week, I considered -1 to be a bit chilly!

It really is all about perspective.

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