I’ve been in training for the SheRox triathlon now for 3 weeks+ and this current week is supposed to be my recovery week. Good timing, too, because I feel that my body needs it.
To tell you a bit about me, I grew up a swimmer. I practiced many years about 7-8x per week, piling on the yardage. Over time, it got to be too much and I was left with so many shoulder and back injuries, it just became chronic. Recovery weeks/days didn’t exist, unless we were tapering for a big meet.
I started competing in triathlons, for fun, in 2005. And one thing I’ve learned since then is that unlike swimming, triathlon training requires (and implements) regular recovery WEEKS. Not just days, but weeks. I can’t stress the importance of this enough. It’s true because our bodies are built to break down if they’re overused. Pain and soreness and tired muscles send us signals and it’s up to us to either ignore them or make use of them to make better decisions.
It’s important to let yourself recover. To be forgiving.
Training smart is key.
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