Saturday, January 21, 2012
I do not rest very well. It is difficult for me to take time off from things I love, especially Crossfit and sexually harassing my gym buddies (no one is safe).
When I was off school for Christmas break, I was crossfitting 6 days a week. Weeks of doing this during prime cold and flu season was a recipe for disaster. On Monday afternoon, my hectic pace caught up with me. I had a stomach bug that lasted for a full 48 hours and then caught a cold during the bug.
Okay body. Message received. Slow down.
After a couple of days in bed with some down time for contemplation, I thought about how hard I have been pushing myself. Sometimes I get so obsessed with progress that I forget sometimes less is more. Rest is vitally important to recovery and muscle repair. When I am trying to hit goals, that knowledge goes right out the window. I look at the WOD in the morning and think, "Shit! I can't take a rest day, I really need to work on _________!"
In the midst of feeling this urgency, I have to remind myself that I am not helping my cause by missing rest days. When I am overworking myself I am not only half assing my workouts due to fatigue, but making myself more prone to injury and illness. I am preventing progress. Not cool.
So I am going to knock off being a crazed lunatic and do 2-3 days on, 1 day off. Let's see how this works.
Wish me luck!!!