I'm leaving for a week at the beach on Sunday and I cannot wait! I'm looking forward to a lot of relaxing, reading, sun and fresh air. I tend to fully embrace the potential for extra rest and recovery. I'm not going to bring my bike with me, but I do plan on a few runs and plenty of "swimming" in the ocean. I may even attempt an actual ocean swim, we'll see.
As I mentioned last week I have been feeling a bit burned out, so I decided to try to add an extra rest day to each week in July. I may end up taking an more extended break next week while I'm on vacation, but this week I decided to just go with two full rest days instead of my normal one. Mentally I like the idea of spacing out my rest over the month, rather than taking a couple of days now and jumping back into my "regular" schedule.
I also decided to make more of an effort to do what I really felt like doing, rather than making sure I got in x number of runs, rides and swims in a given week. What I discovered is that I am mainly lacking motivation when it comes to biking. I've had a couple of good runs and swims this week and I was looking forward to all of them when I got started. I suppose this bodes well for marathon training (which starts in August) since I've really been feeling like I would like to run more. Hopefully that lasts for the next few months! I'm not exactly sure where it leaves me with the bike though. Today was actually my first day on my bike in a week. I had a great workout once I got started but it definitely takes a little extra effort to get myself up and riding in the morning. I'll be taking next week off (unless we rent bikes and go for a casual ride). Then once I get back from the beach I only have two more weeks until my tri. I'll make an effort to ride a few times before the race, but after that I'm not sure exactly what will happen. If I really think about it, I suppose it doesn't really matter. I have no obligation to anyone (even myself) to keep up a certain level of riding. I imagine that once marathon training picks up, my bike is going to start gathering dust, at least for a few months.