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Topic: Summer Fun and Training
Question: With the warmer weather brings BBQ’s, vacations and summer holiday fun…how do you manage a balance between training and fun?
Balance is a difficult thing, but most especially in the summer. Of course I want to go to every fun event and enjoy opportunities to get away, but I always have in the back of my mind that what I do the night before will affect the next day. I know that one night could throw off an entire week. I also know that if I restrict myself from fun I will go crazy!! So I balance the drinks and the food and the fun.
The part I have the most trouble with, is eating. I eat A LOT in the summer. I love a good BBQ with burgers, chicken, potato salad, chips, ice cream…etc. Love! I do sometimes overdo it, but I don’t do it every weekend. I try to keep it in moderation as best as possible. I am lucky that I am not a big drinker to begin with (like I used to be) so I do not equate fun with drinking. I really enjoy a few glasses of wine or some martinis but I can have a perfectly good time without alcohol. I have never completely cut alcohol out (like I would for IM or Marathon training) but I limit myself beginning 10 days out from a race.
And as far as fun goes…who says the fun has to stop??? I plan my training in such a way that I can still have fun. If I think it going to be a late night, I take a nap before I go out. Or I plan my workout for the next evening so I can sleep in. The training doesn’t stop for vacations and weekends away…I work it in as best I can. I don’t always get the same workouts, but I always do something. Of course, it doesn’t always work out…sometimes I do have to give up fun things with friends because of a training or race day that just cannot be worked around; but that is what I want to do. I choose to give those things up because training and racing is also fun for me.
I think the balancing act works because I work at it and because I want it to work. I enjoy (well, most of my time) my training and I LOVE race days. As long as it is still fun, it will be worth the sacrifice.
Next Weeks Topic: Motivational Quotes
Next Week Question: What are some of your favorite motivational quotes/sayings? Do you have any personal mantras you use while dealing with tough times on the race course?