Do You Rest Day?

It’s like I don’t know what I’m doing. Meghna gave me a No Days Off calendar, and as simple as that, I’ve pushed myself to run/ride/workout every day. Yesterday, while thoroughly enjoying my outdoor activities, I hit a wall. As a result, I lay on the couch most of the day. Brain dead. I drank water. I drank coffee. I rolled myself and got intimate with the percussion massager. I made an espresso at 5:30, to get me through making dinner. Soul tired.

You’d have thought sleep would come easy and that sleeping in would be possible. But what was once my super-power, the ability to doze anywhere and indefinitely, seems to have left me. Maybe it’s man-o-pause.

The thing is I accepted, even asked for, the No Days Off calendar without asking what the rules were. What even is a Day On? Do long dog walks count?

Yes, I know it’s all arbitrary and abstract. This need to measure will almost always trip me up if I let it. The calendar is there to motivate, not to torture. Funny how readily and easily I have been able to misuse it.

So this week I’m asking YOU. What is a rest day? How many do you take? What counts as rest? Do you do nothing? Or do you something very mellow?

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  1. Yeah. I rest day. It’s rarely anything planned, though. It’s not part of the training sequence. It’s driven by one of two things.

    1. Circumstance
    2. Level of fatigue/interest

    I rode 120 straight days from April 1 last year. #30daysofbiking The streak ended because we went camping near Ogunquit, ME and I didn’t bring the bikes. Simple and no biggie. So, I had four days off of the bike. Legs were grateful. Also, schedule/calendar always plays a part. Not to mention what time to I wake up. I’m not an alarm setter.

    Fatigue plays it’s part but, usually after I’ve really gone too far. I’m smart like that.

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      1. I felt pretty proud that I got that far and also proud that I let it go when it was time. Keeping the streak did get me out on some of those days – even if for only a few miles. But, when it was time to go to Ogunquit, I was good with leaving the bikes home and just going to enjoy the beach with my family.

        Oh, and my legs were pretty tired. When we got home, I did about two weeks of very little riding. After that, I started back with some mental and physical energy. I was riding as quickly as I had in some time and managed to knock off a couple of solo half centuries and a metric in August and September. No great shakes but, I managed a good pace and they were all hilly. And, I hadn’t pulled multiple 50s in a single season since my son was born 14 years ago.

        I’ll do #30daysofbiking again this April. How long the streak actually continues will depend on circumstance as well as desire.

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