Rest has been mentioned several times in this blog as being an important part of training and one that is often overlooked. Scheduled rest and recovery weeks at the Cycling Centre are one of the elements that make this program very different then a spin class and every 4 weeks we have a recovery week. I am a big believer in active recovery; however, when a recovery week rolls around I find I am tested with ways to make riding easy fun and enjoyable - especially when working with athletes who like to go hard all the time. In fact, I find myself telling athletes to easy more often then go hard!
This past recovery week happened after the Oscar Awards so the next day we had a fun "after Oscar Party". I'm not about to say that it gave the Vanity Fair party any competition, but we did have some A-list celebrities on site by the name of George, Billy, Meryl, Octavia and some others. We even had a disco ball! The music all came from movies and high 5's were handed out to the riders who could correctly name the movie the song was in. The drills we did (one leg pedalling and some efforts) were determined by the throwing of a dice and conversation revolved around movies. It was a lot of fun.
Faced with the pressure of coming up with something even more fun and entertaining there was only one thing I could do, make daiquiris! February is my least favourite month. It's usually grey, raining, cold and dark. I'm ready for winter to be over and spring to arrive, and even though it is a short month it seems to never end - bring on Spring already! That said, the winter we've had this year has been nice and mild, it really hasn't been to bad, but everyone could still use a beach day!
Many athletes were going to a real beach for rest and recovery, but we created our own beachy atmosphere with the sound of waves and wind chimes, exotic birds swaying in the sky, the coach wearing a bright beach wrap and straw hat (you can never be too careful in the sun), athletes in shades and bright colours, and of course, no beach experience is complete without a cold beverage, so strawberry daiquiris were served. It was a lot of fun and Wes won for best men's outfit with his Hawaiin jersey, while Dale won for best female outfit of a swimsuit over her cycling shorts and surfer girl skirt - hilarious!