So you spent six to twelve months training for an epic event or race that you challenged yourself to participate in this summer. After the pain subsides, and the post race blues clear you start to think and plan for next year. Just don't forget to take a little time off to allow your body to heal up and replenish your energy stores. I have found that the best way to recover for me is to cross train. I get on the bikes and ride more than I am able to in the summer if I am training for a long trail race, or I run if my main race focus from the season was a circuit of bike races. I spend a lot of time stretching, doing yoga, and strength training. Fall is the best season for rock climbing, so my wife, kids, and friends spend nice weekend days bouldering and hitting the local sport climbing routes. For me the most important things are to stay in shape and have fun catching up on activities that hard training just doesn't allow for. You should reward yourself for your hard work and motivation, take a day off from working out if you want, indulge in the decedent dessert (just make sure to keep a negative or even energy balance, unless you are trying to gain weight), and brush the dust off the equipment in the garage for the sport you haven't had time for in months. For soon it will be time to start the training process all over again.
For those that feel up to it the fall colors are absolutely amazing on the top of Longs Ranch Road and through the Experimental forest this week.
The Holidays are fast approaching and if you are looking for a gift idea for the athlete/anyone on your list I will be offering gift certificates at a discounted rate on my website starting soon. www.elevationathletics.org
Also please watch my website for upcoming additions to my training and coaching programs. www.elevationathletics.org
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