Plain and simple: I'm overtrained. Not only am I realizing this on my own, but I've had a couple people close to me, whose opinions I trust a ton, confirm this, including my biggest mentor at SPI. Ever since SB Long Course, it's becoming more clear that my everyday performance is falling flat and not meeting the standards for the amount of work I've put in. And it's by far the most frustrating thing ever.
I think I've continually kept going hard out of this "fear" that I need to get better. As a result, the rest/recovery part of the equation has suffered severely, and I keep digging myself deeper into this hole. As a kinesiology master's student, I should be ashamed. This is like exercise science 101 stuff. I mean, I wouldn't prescribe someone else what I've been doing to myself, especially given the recent symptoms... And I'm no exception to science!
But it's true what they say: It's harder to get an athlete to do nothing than to go out and give it her all for hours every day, every week. Add in hearing about the "epic training sessions" of my endurance-sport acquaintances; well, I want to be right there doing the same!
But I have to play my own game and not worry about others. All signs indicate that I need to slow down a bit and take a break, even with two more BIG races on the horizon.
So that's what I'm doing: resting. I have nothing to lose at this point. As of yesterday, I'm taking a full four days off, with maybe a bit of easy spinning around town and pool splashing thrown in. I'll see where that gets me, and then I may or may not embark the a Labor Day Palomar ride on Monday--I'm stoked just to have been invited by the SD peeps planning it, so I don't think I can stay away haha. From there, I have a new training plan made just for me to test out, compliments of a good friend who I can bug 24/7 with questions and concerns. Super excited for that.
In the meantime, I'm heading to San Diego to let loose a little with my favorite girls who I mentioned a few posts ago. We're going out in downtown tonight, and I told them I have NO IDEA what to wear... the only new clothes I've bought in the last year are for working out. They couldn't comprehend that. So, if you see some repeat outfits in some of the old pictures I posted vs. new ones that I'll soon put up, don't judge me, ok? You know where my priorities are.
No doubt, I'm going to miss being in this position over the weekend:
But I'm also looking forward to a good time in America's Finest City: