The Webster's definition of rest is "being or characterized by dormancy." Let's compare that to the questions we're getting this week from BaseCampers:
Can I swim for a few hours?
What about riding doubles?
Can I run on my off days?
Can I do my favorite Zwift challenges on my off days so I can squeeze them in?
My answer is: ask Webster! And here's some clear advice:
Take Monday and Tuesday totally off from exercise besides light walking or things like easy yoga.
Eat smart, reduce some calories, add some proteins, and follow Namrita Brooke's advice.
If you can, reduce life stress in general. Don't use the extra time for major projects and stress builders.
Make the RIGHT decision on Wednesday for your body, not your ego. If you're tired, just spin very lightly for 30 minutes.
Get back to the aerobic endurance ride on Thursday (we do have a morning group ride, but no evening ride due to the holidays). No need to double this ride.
Get ready for your test on Saturday. Stay fresh and ready to roll. Watch your Form.
THE NEXT CYCLE IS COMING. Look ahead at the next four weeks; things are going to get harder. This might help motivate you to rest.
Enjoy the process!