The Skip Day

We go and go and go.

We work, and train, and grocery shop, and train, and try to keep in touch with everyone, and train. It’s a lot. It’s good, but it’s a lot.

I am training for upcoming running races, cycling races, and endurance challenges. Assuming they are all still a go. Albeit, it’s been a slow return.

I thought I would touch on the subject of the Skip Day. The day solely chosen to be void of training. The recoup after a big ride or long hike.

I found myself tagging in one of these this week. A slow recovery from a 25km out and back hike last weekend that left my legs reeling. Top that off with mental fatigue. I was done. I made a mid week attempt at a ride, but nope. No go. Even though I knew it would be good for the legs, I had nothing left in the tank. I’ve never really been one to set aside days as Skip Days, but I needed it.

Fast forward a few days. My friends had booked a decent ride for the Saturday morning, the weather was good, not too hot and not too cold. An early start. Perfect. I made the effort to set the alarm and get up in time for the ride, but once that buzz went off on my phone I knew there was no chance I was going to join the boys. I crashed out again, and just really spent the day resting. I needed to recharge.

So Skip Days? Do you do them. Do they help you? Do you feel guilty taking them?

In the end I’m glad I didn’t go and push myself when I obviously needed the rest. I did end up lightly cycling for about an hour later in the day. So I guess it wasn’t a Skip Day all together. But certainly an eye opener on recognizing the need to recover can hit me more aggressively some days more than others.


One thought on “The Skip Day

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s