This past week I’ve had more on my plate that normally. I’ve added a couple commitments to my life over the past couple weeks and on top of the added workload, Gaby and I moved from Denver to Golden, Colorado.
With the extra time added into my week for packing, moving and unpacking it would be irresponsible of me to have the same training volume I’ve carried for the week’s prior. I would be sacrificing my recovery from these training sessions that could either lead to overuse or not make any adaptations at all.
So, why am I telling you this? I listened. In the middle of a periodized training plan, I called my coach (Mike McGoldrick of Training Think Tank) and said to him that I needed the week to prioritize my life events and put my training on the back end of my priorities temporarily. I still trained, just not at the frequency or duration I had built to. Instead of training between 2-3 hours a day, I was in and out of the gym in 60 minutes. If something didn’t feel right or felt too complex for not a lot of warm-up and cool-down, I simplified the movements to make sure I got a good stimulus in a short time period.
What happened? Nothing. I didn’t lose my fitness nor did I get fat. When you build a big enough base of fitness from accumulating thousands of training sessions over the years, you have built a buffer for your body to take the time it needs, when it needs.
Moral of the story? It’s okay to have a week where things aren’t perfect in your training and nutrition. We are human and built into our physiology is human error. The goal isn’t to be perfect week after week. The goal is to build enough consistency with your habits over a lifetime, so a week away from normalized training won’t derail your long-term goals and progress.
It’s a journey.