Listening to Your Body

We all know coaches are there to push you outside your comfort zone to places you wouldn’t normally push yourself, but also to strategically plan recovery to keep you fresh to hit your harder workouts.  But when it boils down to it, we all know our own bodies best.  We all know when we need recovery.

And for me, today was that day….though when I go through the activities of today, I would hardly call it recovery.  The mountain ride post 10-mile race kicked my tail on Sunday and though yoga on Monday morning made my sore muscles feel much better, it didn’t help me fully recover.  My schedule today included a 4,000 swim, a 1 hour run and I had to substitute teach a 1-hour spin class at Charlotte Athletic Club tonight after work.  I did my swim, albeit not my best performance but got (most) of it done.  I set out after work in the beautiful weather for my run.  About 2.5 miles in, I was just NOT feeling it.  Low energy, tired legs, mentally drained.  The hard efforts racing Saturday and riding the mountains Sunday takes so much mental focus that I just felt distracted and not into this run.

So I walked.  I walked almost 20 minutes of my 1 hour run.  And it felt SO good.  I let go of my schedule and just listened to my body, which I needed very very bad.  I ended up running about 4.5 total and walking the rest.  And I don’t feel bad at all.

Because I walked I was able to teach a pretty fun spin class which ended with  5 of my 9 students telling me how much they loved it!  As soon as I got on my bike, I completely forget my own “problems”, how tired my legs feel, how my tummy is growling and how I’m so ready for a good nights sleep and I just teach!  I love being able to focus on my students and help them get in a good workout to feel good about themselves.  Tonight we envisioned a cookie at the top of our 12 minute climb (I had Mt. Lemmon in mind the whole time) and it worked!  I saw cadence pick up every time I mentioned that big ol’ cookie!  There is a calorie burning challenge (of some sort) going on at CAC right now and people hit 700, 800, 900 calories in class!  Go them!

After computrainer class and a short run tomorrow morning I plan to recover pretty hard the rest of this week.  Workouts will be easy in prep for my first bike race of the season on Sunday!  I’m anxious to race, but also excited.  I’ve checked off two pretty successful running races so far this year and now it’s time to break in my bike racing legs.  I’ll be racing at 40 minute crit in Winston Salem.  Wish me luck!

AND….drumrollllllllll……. I think my new “rocket” (a.k.a. bike) should be here and built by the end of NEXT WEEK!!!!  If you can’t tell, I’m jumping-out-of-my-pants-excited!  As everyone keeps telling me…no excuses now.  🙂

Hope everyone is feeling fresher than I am.  Happy almost Hump Day!

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