The Off Season
With World's Toughest Mudder in the books it is officially the off-season for me. What does off-season really mean? Simply it is a time of the year where I choose not to race or will race purely for fun and not competitively. In the past years this time has been cut shorter and shorter due to the long obstacle racing season. This year I have opted out of a few races late in the year to focus on training again and being prepared for next season.
After a race like World's Toughest Mudder, I take a full week to recover. I eat, sleep, and catch up on life. It is a slow go of things for that first week. I drink a fair amount of Aminolast and MyoFusion Elite Series Protein to build back the muscles I taxed while racing for 24-hours. I use the time to let my body just rest and my mind calm from the emotional highs of such a long race. It usually only takes a few days for the muscles to feel normal again but the fatigue takes a few weeks to completely recover.
The off-season is critical to my development as it gives me time to focus on training without the stress of a competition. It allows me to really develop my skills and work on my weaknesses. I allow my brain during this period to relax some and rejuvenate and set new goals for the upcoming season. In particular I like to take my off-season around the holidays so I can see my family and friends without the stress of a competition looming. So for now posts will be about my training and prepping for the 2014 race season! I cannot be more excited to go into the season refreshed, healthy, and ready to compete.
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