To Race or Not to Race

Although distance road racing season is winding down here in Charleston, it’s the beginning of a very fun triathlon season. This Sunday is the start of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series –-5 races over the summer from May to August. For me it’s a race filled with familiar faces of friends and competitors. I’ve had a great time racing this series over the years. HOWEVER, this year….I’m just not feeling like getting back in to race mindset. It’s VERY unusual for me. To race or not to race, that is the question for me.

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Getting Over Your Post Race Blues

Your race is over, now what?  That’s the question I’m dealing with right now.  For the last year and a half I’ve been focused on qualifying for Boston, getting in to Boston, training for Boston, and running Boston.  Mission accomplished.  I’m thrilled, but left asking myself what do I do now?  Here are a few ways I’m getting over my post race blues.

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Recovery here, recovery there, recover recover everywhere

When we think about training and racing, very rarely do we consider the importance of recovery in our training/racing schedules. In our time crunched lives, recovery is an aspect of training that is often ignored. We are busy thinking about our current workout, our next workout, our plans after our workout, our children’s activities, etc. However, in order to have optimal training and racing with minimal injury and maximum energy and motivation, we should remember how important recovery is after tough or long workouts and especially after races. Also, our return to activity should be gradual after races.

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