EPC Tips - The Mid-Season Break
The mid-season break is the key to Fall success…
This week’s workout is NO workout at all! That’s right. It’s time to rest, recover and rejuvenate. Training all year long and racing from spring through fall is a big endeavor for anyone, including the pros. Planning a small break from training within the year is crucial for long-term success. Much like you take some time off at the end of your season to rest and get away from the rigors of regular training before the start of the new season; taking a short break in the middle of your season does the same thing.
It allows you to let go for a short period of time and get rested and recovered so you are ready to take on the second half of your season with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
At the end of the season you may take 2, 3, or even 4 weeks off from training. For your midseason break only 5-10 days is needed to get the benefits of the time off while not losing any fitness. In fact you’ll likely come back stronger than you were before the break even though you’ll mentally feel like you’ve lost fitness. Time your break to follow the biggest race of the first part of your season. Typically this will fall in June or July. After the race plan to stay away from swim-bike-run for the next week. Sleep in, catch up on the things you’ve been putting off, spend time with your loved ones and enjoy the time off. The first few days you’ll really enjoy the time off. After about 3 to 4 days you’ll likely get antsy about not training and feeling like you’re losing fitness. RELAX. Stay the course and finish out the week of no training. At the end of the week you’ll be super fresh and eager to get back after it.
As a result, your training quality will be improved as you begin the second half of your season.
Lets face it, all the BIG races occur in the second half of the season. After your mini-break, and with your renewed enthusiasm, you can take some time to get some quality training time in as you build to your highest peak of fitness at just the right time. World Championships, anyone?