The off-season. It’s a sliver of time in most athletes’ calendars that is either dreaded or eagerly looked forward to. Regardless of your relationship to it, this 2-3 time is vital to your training, health, and growth as an athlete.
As many years as I’ve done this, I understand how it can be a daunting time. For 48+ weeks you’ve been on the bike and had a training goal. Now you’re forced to step off of it and recalibrate. Do not view it as a step in the wrong direction, view it as making room for the growth to come.
One analogy I like to use involves a buoy, like in a lake or ocean. Imagine how it pops up and down in the water. The greater the pull into the water, the greater the pressure it has to rebound out of it. Rest = the depth you allow your body (buoy) to go underwater. This makes your potential to “pop” the next year even greater.
This time off is essential for being able to build on the work that you have done in the previous season and seasons. For multiple reasons:
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