Rest Days

You're well into your training and even been in a couple of events, you're applying the FITT principle (refer to earlier blog) are managing any niggles from old injuries and getting professional treatment for any new injuries.

So, all going well you're enjoying your rest days.

So what are you doing on rest days?
  • getting a massage
  • going for a gentle walk or a mellow bike ride
  • stretching
  • tai chi
  • yoga

Light physical activity on rest days helps you recover from your training days.

If you're training for the marathon (Canberra marathon is only 6 months away!) try an hour walk or bike ride or even some laps at the pool at this early stage of your training.

If cycling's your thing then a light jog or brisk half hour walk will help balance your leg muscles and help stretch out your hip flexors.

Doing some intense circuits or heavy weight training get some flexibility in with stretching or something like tai chi or yoga.

If your exercise regime is varied and light you don't need a rest day at all so increase the intensity of one or two sessions.
Here's a link to some simple stretches you can do anywhere, even at the office.

Ride to Work Day Wednesday 13 October & magpie alert


We had walk to work day a couple of weeks ago and coming up this Wednesday (13 Oct) is Ride to Work Day. Click on the link for more info.

The community breakfast in Canberra is at Glebe Park so make sure you drop in for your free breakfast on your way to work.

Watch out for the magpies (not all of them swoop, but there are a few pesky ones about) they're defending their nest so my tactic is to put my head down and pedal as fast as I can to get away. I met a particularly persistant one on the Barton Highway on the way to Yass a month ago; I think he must have bruised his wing because he hit my helmet at pretty high force on his second attack! And there was a rather angry one yesterday on the bike path around Lake BG just past Acton Ferry Terminal towards ANU having a go at everyone who rode by.
Luckily I met a lot of nice magpies in the O'Connor ridge bushland. It's quite wonderful when they fly alongside as you ride along.