So, with 10 and 12 weeks respectively until my next two events (a sprint tri Aug. 13 and the Hotter n' Hell on Aug. 27) I've decided I need to give myself a bit o' downtime. Nothing drastic, but it seems to have my wife a bit concerned.
Facts: I have not had a 'down' day in roughly 10 weeks. I've lost 23 lbs., quit smoking and became a vegetarian (if you can 'become' one).
Further facts: My run is slowly going to ****. My cycling is improving, but not at the same rate I've been going for the last 10 weeks.
Last fact: I do 100 hindu push ups and 100 hindu squats every morning; 10 sets of 15 jack knife crunches and meditate for 30 minutes a day, every day.
My theory: By switching to a schedule like this...
Sunday: 45 mile ride/1 mile swim/no run.
Monday: 15 mile ride/.5 mile swim/10 mile run.
Tuesday: Play video games, relax.
Wednesday: 45 mile ride/2 mile open water swim/7 mile run.
Thursday: Play video games, relax.
Friday: 15 mile ride/.5 mile swim/12 mile run.
Saturday: 45 mile ride/ 1 mile swim/ no run.
...I would give myself some down time. My intent is to continue adding weekly
2 miles cycling/.5 mile swimming/1/3/2 running.
Where she's freaking a bit is that I intend to start playing my video game again. What I figure is that I could not play the game individually without giving too much ground to it; nor can I train individually without giving too much ground to that, and overtraining.
So, I've sat down and realized that the best way to both train hard, and guarantee I actually give myself some down time is to do both.
I know it seems odd, but I'm OCD enough to do stupid stuff like this example (this was my Wed.-Thurs. off):
Wednesday: 65 mile ride/15 mile run/6 mile walk/3 mile swim.
Thursday: 58 mile ride/13 mile run/7 mile walk/2 mile swim.
What happens is, I can't sit - so I go back out and do something. Needless to say, today, my legs were **** and I could not even do my daily commute. I had to drive for the first time in a long time. I don't want to screw up my chances during my two events, so I think sitting in front of a computer on 'down' days is a good alternative to keep my mind of getting back outside.
So, my question is - has anybody else had to take on a sedetary hobby to counteract their OCD athletic training?
Am I stupid, or is what I'm adding smart - in that it gives me serious down time 2 days out of the week?
Obviously, my diet will only change in that on the down days I would drop my caloric intake by about 500 calories but increase my water and veggie consumption (much lower calories than say beans, etc.) since I won't be burning anything other than for repairs and maintenance.