Additional Benefits of Down Time

For many triathletes, or at least the ones smart enough to list to their coach, friends, family, science, the experts, trainers, and the countless other authorities on the subject, around now is the time of year that we take a bit of down time. A week or two or three of no training. Time to rest, both physically and mentally. Let your body completely recover and recharge and let your mental energy levels do the same. Many articles, blogs, and other pieces have been written on the topic, but I think most of them miss some of the most key reasons to take a break from training.

Below are 10 additional benefits of taking down time that the “experts” don’t tell you about:

  1. You finally have time to watch all 3 Lord of the Rings movies (including deleted scenes) straight through
  2. You finally have time to practice your celebrity impersonations while reading The Night Before Christmas
  3. You finally have time to read War and Peace in one sitting
  4. You finally have time to learn the alphabet backwards
  5. You finally have time to do all those little things that have been piling up around the house; such as clipping the dogs toenails, discovering what that smell is behind the fridge, and cleaning out your belly button lint
  6. You finally have time to try out all those recipes that you have been eyeing on
  7. You finally have time to feed your goldfish… who apparently died three months ago from not feeding him, but you didn’t notice. So I guess you now have time to go get a new one
  8. You finally have time to count all the holes in the ceiling panels at the dentists office (even if you don’t have an appointment to see the dentist until April)
  9. You finally have time to make that life size model of Abraham Lincoln out of Multigrain Cheerios
  10. You finally have time to sit down and attempt to be funny and creative while writing a blog about doing nothing for 2 weeks

Do you have any other reasons I may have missed about why some down time is good for you?


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