As I sit here typing this post, but Husband is enjoying a coffee date with a friend. A rarity he gets to enjoy during the season. Usually (during training/race season) this time of day is spent on his bike outside followed up by a PM run, etc.
But since he’s enjoying his off-season, he can take advantage of mid afternoon coffee dates. And I can take advantage of his extra time as well. He is my new errand boy, ha ha. Just kidding. Actually I do take advantage of his time off because it means we get to go on more walks and just relax, have fun.
Speaking of relaxing, I don’t believe a lot of people know how to do it. I’ve struggled with this for a while as well. But when you I married to a professional athlete, you see the real reason behind his training and his non-training days. So embracing the off-season is huge for an athlete Who wants to stay healthy and keep competing.
many people have asked me as well as my husband, what it looks like to take a off-season and why it is important. So I thought I’d do a little interview with Mr. Cotter himself. I’ll leave our main points below. Oh and enjoy the Movember stash and fro!
Side note from the Kiwi Cotter: What I mean by my no carb comment is to reduce (not eliminate) the amount of carbs you are consuming later in the day, especially since you are less active. During off season, my last meal of the day is usually more fat/protein/fiber based.
Well, that is until a friend from down under sends me a care package full goodies from home (New Zealand). Ha! –> BALANCE, right?
MAIN Take Away Notes :
- Off Season length varies on difficulty/length of season. Off season can be 3-6 weeks long
- Small amounts of exercise advised. Walks, coffee shop rides, light swims.
- You want to get away from whatever sport you’ve been training for. A mental break. Don’t search running/triathlon sites, just disconnect.
- Enjoy your treats but focus on nourishing your body first. Good Fats, Protein, and fiber rich meals.
- Your goal is to recharge your batteries for the coming season
- A well executed off season puts you in a better position to perform in the new season
- A poorly planned/executed off season leads to not being as fresh, or your battery not fully recharged.
- DO not, I REPEAT, DO NOT FEEL GUILTY. If you have trained hard and long for more than 6 months, you NEED this. Your body WILL THANK YOU!
So… whatcha think?
Do you need to EMBRACE the off season and …. SLOW DOWN?
LC and Kiwi Cotter
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