I found myself staring at my bike this morning for what would be my fourth ride of the week.  Due to a laundry list of reasons, the majority of my time these days is spent on the bike trying to build and maintain as much fitness as possible for when I have more variety back in my training.  Yesterday, my ride was rough, I was tired, and I barely got it done.
The problem is, today I had zero desire to spend another few hours on the trainer.  I was frustrated with yesterday and I knew I needed a break. It’s also that awkward time where things need to start ramping up for the impending triathlon season, but with my current situation, I’m limited in my ability to do that.  There are only so many hard rides a triathlete can handle in a week.
So, instead of suffering through another grueling trainer session, and in lieu of a rest day, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and do something that would not only strengthen me as an athlete, but relax and calm my mind.
I started my session with a dynamic warm up relying solely on bodyweight.  I then proceeded to partake in a pilates workout that wiped the floor with me.  As endurance athletes we are very good at going in straight lines for long periods of time.  We often neglect areas of weaknesses because, while they make us faster, they aren’t “essential” to our ability to complete swims, bikes, and/or runs throughout training.  Additionally, for some athletes, time is such a motivator. My workout this morning was only a half our which is significantly less time than I typically spend training in a day, but it was a packed session that I was glad was only a half hour.
Not only did I get a killer full body strength workout in this morning, I enjoyed it.  I got to take a break from the bike while still being productive as an athlete. There are times in every athlete’s training where they just need a break.  It’s absolutely okay to shake things up because the last thing we want is burnout.
I can carry on with my day feeling like I’ve accomplished good work towards my goals while knowing that tomorrow I will likely feel much better about getting back on the bike.
– Johnathan