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It’s the Holiday Season

Updated: Jan 8, 2020

By Mandi Kowal

And I don’t mean Thanksgiving or Christmas either. I’m talking about my training holiday.

I finished my A race in September. From the time I can remember, I always used November as a “down” time. When I was rowing it was the time I was made to take a break. My college coach would mandate it after an intense summer of rowing. I was encouraged to be active, but to do what I wanted - ride, run, take a class. I carried that over once I graduated from college and was still rowing competitively.

Now, in the world of triathlon, I find myself doing the same thing. I usually sign up for a few running events to enjoy running on fresh legs.

Some athletes get down during this time. Some need to check out. I see this as a chance to experience other things.

Fun activities I’ve been lucky to do:

  • Fat tire ride around dirt roads and corn fields

  • Cross country race, thru creeks, using ropes

  • Birthday swim 50 x 50

  • Cross Fit Open – 5 week challenge

  • Cross country skiing

  • Gravel Rides

  • Hockey Games

  • Charity Rides

  • Different Strength classes

  • Hikes

  • Walks

I'm currently enjoying a 30-day swim challenge.

The options are endless, the key is that it brings you joy.

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