Lifestyle, Training

Taking a break

November 27, 2018

I find that I always tend to write blog posts as a kind of therapy for myself – it gives me the chance to rationalise my actions, find some logic and give myself some advice. At the moment, I have a niggling anxiety about the fact that I’m taking a bit of an extended break from triathlon.

I haven’t been in the pool for nearly 8 weeks, I’ve been on my bike twice. I have done all of three runs. This is the longest break I have ever had since I started the sport.

Is it okay to take this long of a break? Can I call myself a triathlon blogger/triathlete? Shouldn’t I be motivated and focused on arguably the biggest race on the triathlon calendar – a race I have killed myself trying to get to for the last 4 years?! Why am I not jumping at the chance to get back into something that I love? (and I really do love it).

I don’t really know the answers, but I think it’s probably got something to do with being a little burnt out. Three years of back-to-back Ironman training and two full 140.6 races in eight weeks is actually quite a big ask on my body, mind and schedule.

The truth is, as much as I love swimming (okay, not so much that part), cycling and running, I’m really enjoying not having the pressure of having to find the time to fit them in. I’m enjoying not waking up at 5:30am in a morning, doing a full day at work and then sitting on a watt bike for a couple of hours. I’m quite enjoying being in the gym and doing something different.

I know I will have my head back in the triathlon game again soon… and I should take advantage of having a late season race so that I can recover, get strong, and come into the next training block motivated and ready to go. So I guess my conclusion and point to this post is… if you’re feeling un-motivated or like you need a break and it’s worrying you… don’t worry. I feel you. We got this.

Em x

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  • Reply Lynn November 27, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Emily, I feel exactly the same way. IM 70.3 in Sept, Marine Corp Marathon in Oct and Philadelphia Marathon in Nov. I am spent. Have not swam since Sept. I run from time to time and take a spin class once a week. I decided to change things up and do some fun classes, take some yoga and enjoy not having the pressure to train for something. I signed up for IM Virginia in May so I know once the New Year comes around I will be back at it again.

    • Reply emily December 4, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one! Fingers cross we’re back and raring to go by the New year!! Good luck at Virginia!

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