I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my off-season coming up. To be honest, I love tri season, but it’s nice to have a mental break, in order to keep up motivation when it’s time to kick training back into high gear. There is a part of me that feels guilty for looking forward to the off-season, but I know it is how I re-energize and reboot. I’m excited to say “yes” to weekend invites, and week day dinner invites. I know I will swim, bike, and run in the off-season because I love it, and of course I want to stay in shape, but I want to try to be a little less rigid during the off-season and feel free to do whatever I want, for example take a dance class, or go skiing, etc. I know that by taking a few months “off” I will feel all the excitement come back to me next season! I’m actually already excited to train for my first full Ironman next year, but that’s exactly what I want to protect myself from, aka burn out.
Ever since I graduated college I have not wanted to touch a soccer ball. I still love going to watch soccer games, and I love the sport, but I got completely burnt out. I don’t want this to happen to me with triathlon. The three different sports definitely keep it fun and keep workouts from getting boring, but my goal is to make sure I always love it like I do right now. I live and breathe triathlon and I hope to spend my life racing with passion. So, my off-season commences October 1st and it ends February 1st. 4 months of absolute spontaneity, I hope. I’m not great at being spontaneous but I’m hoping I can learn to be so that I can have more balance in my life, since when training season comes I’m very focused and follow a pretty regimented schedule, probably like the rest of you fellow triathletes. I would love to travel a little bit and not worry about not having my bike or there not being a swimming pool, and to sleep in a bit on the weekends. I am and will always be a morning person, but that 5am or 6am wake up call isn’t always fun. In fact, I’d say I’m much more of a 7am or 8am wake up kind of girl. Maybe I will be even a little more rebellious and sleep til 10;)
How do you plan on spending your off-season? Have you thought about it?