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
Different Strength classes
I'm currently enjoying a 30-day swim challenge.
The options are endless, the key is that it brings you joy.