|Even the fastest rest|
A Google search and/or hiring a coach will result in more advice than you'll ever need when it comes to swimming, biking, running and transitions. What about recovery, though? Pretty much everyone is aware that rest is important. But beyond a general acknowledgement of the importance of recovery, there is very little information about how to actually go about it. This is unfortunate. Because while resting, the countless hours spent training start to pay off - you get stronger with rest. There are many ways to rest, and one of my favorites is simply just sitting on my ass.
|The 5th Discipline in action|
On the coffee table in front of me sits a sliced apple and a bottle of sparking water. But the truth is I might not get around to touching them. Because to get to them I would have to move about 2 feet. Though I usually don't consider moving 2 feet getting off my ass, it's still farther than I feel like moving tonight. Luckily there is a bottle of still water on the table behind me. It's within easy reach, so I'll be able to stay hydrated.
As I do with my workouts, I try to start with a clear scope and objective for my ass sitting sessions. For example, my plan tonight was to get on the couch (scope) and not move (objective). I've always felt that it's very important to try and include those close to you in your world of triathlon, so I told Mary that she was more than welcome to join me.
Sitting on your ass should not be considered "active recovery" - you still have to do easy swims, bike rides and runs. Rather, sitting on your ass should be considered "active passive recovery" because it requires a conscious decision on your part to do absolutely nothing. Conversely, sleeping is "passive recovery". Although going to sleep usually requires some modicum of conscious thought, the benefits of sleep do not manifest themselves in the same ways they do when you are sitting on your ass. Because when you sit on your ass, the sheer joy of same introduces a significant layer of mental satisfaction into the equation as your body works to achieve homeostasis.
It's likely that as the knowledge base about triathlon continues to grow, most of it will continue to focus on swimming, biking and running. However, don't let this deter you from sitting on your ass. The good news is that with a little bit of practice involving a lot of sitting on your ass, you will become an expert in no time. Enjoy!