As the trials approach I find myself with more energy, more free time, and a restricted list of acceptable taper activities. Throughout the majority of the season I spend my days off trying to recover as quickly as possible to ready myself for the next week of work we have ahead. I make sure to do at least one enjoyable activity during these days off (golfing, going out to dinner with friends, going to a movie etc.).
But now that I am at this point in the season where energy levels are coming up I want to take these activities to the next level. I find myself googling where the nearest place to skydive is. The cool thing about the bay area is that google then asks you if you prefer to skydive indoor or outdoors.
I have also spent time researching where the nearest go-kart track is (ideally they would have a wet track) and even spent time looking into kiteboarding lessons. Unfortunately for me I have a crippling fear of opaque water that would make falling into as scary as death itself.
As fun as any of these activities would be, I force myself to be a good swimmer and listen to my coaches about getting as much rest as possible. I wear my sunscreen when I go outside (which we should all do anyway) and limit my time on my feet. And as I write this blog I am about to go to relax at a newly discovered lake near my house.
Best of luck to everyone as their taper’s approach the high energy but low activity level that mine has reached leading into trials. As much fun as go-karting on a wet track would be, I would definitely suggest something a little more low key.