Celebrate Your Season1 of 11
Take time over the holidays to celebrate last season, as well as your accomplishments! Being able to celebrate with friends and family makes the end-of-season break more fun.
Think Ahead2 of 11
Give your body and mind a break so you don't burn out and start to hate the training and competition you love.
Recovery Is so Important3 of 11
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A hard year of racing and training takes a toll. A lull in activity can allow your body to heal and get recharged for the coming year. Even top-level athletes allow their bodies a chance to recover.
You Won't Lose Fitness4 of 11
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It turns out that a few days of less training or even no training will not impact your overall fitness. You may begin to lose fitness after 10 to 14 days off of training. While you might not feel as sharp on your first workout or two back after a break, you'll still be fit.
Get Psyched for Next Season5 of 11
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Offseason training might not be as exciting as preparing for a race, but it's a time when you could make significant gains. Use any guilt you have from a fun holiday season as the motivator to jumpstart training for the coming season.
It's OK to Gain Weight6 of 11
While being at race-weight may feel good on race day, it isn't healthy for you to stay there year-round--unless it just happens to be your natural weight. Gaining a little weight in the offseason is no big deal, and with just a little work it will be easy to lose before the next season.
You Won't Put on (That Much) Weight7 of 11
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Even if you gain a pound or two while relaxing your training regimen and enjoying holiday festivities, it won't significantly impact your performance.
Don't Be Fooled8 of 11
Tips and tricks to avoid enjoying the food and drink at holiday events aren't fun and are hard to maintain. Filling yourself before you go to a party doesn't actually prevent you from snagging a cookie--or three--and you could end up eating more than you planned.
Relax. Have Fun. Repeat Frequently.9 of 11
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Part of what makes the holidays so fun is the chance to connect with friends and family. Much of that socialization is around food and drink. Being overly cautious about what you consume will keep you apart from the group and can create undue stress.
One Rule: Moderate10 of 11
Taking off from training between Thanksgiving and New Years--and also eating with abandon--will have an impact and could set you back and erase some of the gains you made last season. However, moderate consumption and maintaining some off-season routines in between will make it easier to regain racing form come the new year.