I just read the 8020 book, very interesting read. When Matt discusses training in cycles, he emphasizes that post cycle you need a rest/recuperative period. However, guidelines how to structure these are missing. For example, for a marathon training cycle, how long should the recuperative period be? And what to do then? Staying idle is hard to manage. Would easy running every other day for a week or 2 be a good idea and be a break good enough? Appreciate any insights on this based on your experience.
Popular question lately! Here’s the answer I gave to another athlete who asked a version of it a couple of days ago:
I myself never went longer than two days without exercise. Your two-week “break” can take any form you like as long as your overall activity level is low enough that it’s not standing in the way of deep physical and mental regeneration.
I guess it kind of depends on your journey and where you are in training… I went on a 2 week complete break after my last ironman was cancelled… I’ve just recently tried to get more of a schedule going with swim bike run, but haven’t been able to get into it mentally, so don’t think I had reached the mental and physical regeneration…. So, started something completely different (yoga) and am hoping that will help reenergize and recoup my mental state.
Anyhow, I guess it would also depend on what is going on on an individual basis. But no matter what, I give myself a hard deadline to start building up to the maintenance program, keeping in mind when my race dates are. And then praying that I can start to get more motivated as training progresses