Fitness Focus: Recovery and Renewal

Every so often, every athlete needs time to recover and renew.  For me, that time is now.

It’s been an eventful nine or so months since I tried to get this blog rolling.  I suffered my first real injury, finished grad school, recoverd from my injury, started a new career, bought a condo, moved, and did countless other things that I can hardly remember.  Amidst all that, I trained more than I ever have, often putting in 16- to 18-hour weeks with lots of hard efforts.  The body can only take that for so long, and the will to keep it going suffers, too.  So it’s time for a reset.

That’s not to say I’ll stop training–I enjoy it too much for that–I’ll just refocus.  Rather than burying myself with heavy lifts and hard intervals, December will be a month of easy cardio and high reps.*  It’s a time to work out muscle imbalances, improve my form, and generally not worry about performance.  How fast am I going?  Don’t care.  How much power am I putting out?  Doesn’t matter.  How many plates?  Whatever feels right.  Feel is the ultimate guide, and everything should feel relatively easy.*

I’d like to say this is part of some overarching plan, but it’s not.  I haven’t structured my training that much in a long while.  But maybe I will again, and this might be the start.  Until then, if you want to go for a jog or hit the gym together, I’m your guy.  For once, it doesn’t much matter if we have the same objectives.  Just be warned that I may walk hills or balk at doing another set, if only for a month.  Come January, all bets are off.

* Calling attention to these statements as a reminder to myself, lest I fall into the trap of going just a little bit harder each time out.

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