With my race season over (and just saying that makes me sound so much better than my actual results…), it’s time for a little rest. Don’t know about you, but my rest week is really what other’s view as vacation. Here’s what I do…and don’t do.
— Take a nap every day. Of course, I take a nap every day even when it’s not rest week, so sometimes I take TWO naps a day! (it takes me a day or so to really wind down, but by Tuesday, I’m really logging the sleep hours.)
— Stay up a bit later than normal. My gosh, I’ll even stay up to 10PM some nights.
— Plan next year’s race season. It all changes a lot in the next few months, but it gives me something cycling-related to do.
— Ride with my wife. I know, it sounds like she’s some slow poke. But, as an elite Masters rower, she’s anything but. So, I have tell her ahead of time we’re going REALLY slow.
— Watch my diet. I give myself 2 days to really pig out. Then it’s back to normal. (trust me, I’m no lunatic, though. I’ll still have about 4 beers a week and some snacks along the way. Not a lot, though…) But, if I didn’t watch, I’d instantly gain 10lbs. And at 53, that’s almost impossible to lose.
— Plan my TV watching. I’ll admit it: I love TV. Love the fall TV season. So, early on, we sample a lot of shows. Then end up watching most of what we’ve been watching for years.
— Sleep late. I still get up about 6am, even on weekends. I’d actually sleep a bit later, but the dogs haven’t learned to go outside by themselves.
— Ride hard. I’ll have enough of that come October and on.
I know. Nothing really that revolutionary. Of course, just taking a week off from anything these days is revolutionary for just about all of us.
But, we don’t really take vacation, so this is as close as I get. Works for me, though.