It’s game day. You’ve spent the past few weeks training hard especially for this day. You adhered to a strict nutrition regimen. You slept well. You are prepared mentally and physically for this moment. This moment is yours. It is the most important event of your life right now to test your skill, your determination to prove to yourself that you got this.
You go home, tail between your legs and lament on your poor performance over a bowl of ice cream (BAD). What the bejeezus happened? You did that lift so many times that week. Hell, you did that lift yesterday. How could you fa…wait! YESTERDAY? As in, day before the competition? As in, day you should be resting? Hmmm…strike me if i’m wrong but there may be a correlation there, Bucko. Does this scenario of overtraining sound familiar to any of you? I’ll be the first to admit I’m guilty on this one. For the last developmental meet at CF Marina, I trained till Friday afternoon because I stubbornly wanted to finish my training cycle. I fooled myself into believing that I just needed to get these last lifts in and that it would actually benefit me. WRONG! The day of the meet, my body rejected what I was trying to do.
Most of you already know your body needs recovery time. However, when it comes down to game time, your mind may tell you to push just a bit harder just to be sure you are ready. Ignore it. Listen to your body and your trainers and get your rest. You are ready. Don’t doubt your capabilities. While we love your gung ho attitude about working to your max, in the end, it’s going to be YOU that is disappointed in your performance. Happy Rest Day!
Rest Day 01.16.2011