Rest is triathlon training too

February 6, 2015

Yesterday was a recovery day for us here at our triathlon training camp in Kona.

Resting is just as important as training, but not everyone realises this. It’s certainly taken me a while to learn to rest hard.

Here are my top five favourite things to do on a rest day:

1. Not set an alarm and sleep until I’m all slept out: Quite often I still wake at my usual time, but I’ll doze or snuggle under my duvet until the coffee machine calls my name! I’ll then make a good cup of the black stuff and return to bed. I’m a bit of a coffee snob and always grind my beans fresh each morning.

2. Stay in my PJs as long as possible: Today it was about 11:30am when I traded my pyjamas for my bike kit and then went on an easy 45min high cadence spin before lunch.

3. Read: I’m an avid reader and often have three or four books on the go. At the mo I’m reading the first of the Tales of the City books by Armistead Maupin, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and Ghostwritten by David Mitchell.

4. Listen to music: I’m writing this from a hammock on the beach while I listen to my iPod which has been playing – among others – Amy Macdonald, the Lumineers, Sam Smith, Aviici, Daft Punk, Pulp and Imagine Dragons.

5. Catch up with family and friends: I can often spend an hour or two on FaceTime chatting with my sisters, mum and family. They are quite accustomed to me chatting while putting on bike or run kit or filling up bottles! If back home I might meet friends for coffee, drinks, dinner or a movie. I love this time of year when there are so many great films out pre-Oscars. Equally, I enjoy some Netflix action and while here have been hooked on The Blacklist

Enjoy your recovery days and rest hard!

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