Life’s Little Deloads, My Musings on Forced Rest
Rain. Cloudy skies. The melancholy of a tiny beach town in the off season. A town whose entire purpose falters when the sun dips below the horizon earlier and earlier. Yet there is no time of year I love more than fall. The impending death that winter brings sits at the back of the mind, a steady reminder to enjoy every last bit of life that’s left of the year.
The walk to the grocery store. To say it was remote….
I’m spending this weekend on Fire Island, a surprise getaway from my wife as a gift for our 10 year anniversary. While she was hoping for a weekend filled with sun and sand, we arrived to gale force winds and torrential downpours. She was initially disappointed but sometimes the best thing that we can face is forced rest.
Everyone has heard that in order to recover from hard training sessions we need to rest. A good night’s sleep, active recovery, proper nutrition. That’s all well and good. But what about the stuff other than training? What about life?
Work, relationships, commutes, family. Ben Bruno said once that he doesn’t program deloads into his client’s training because life always gives us deloads. But what if we need a life deload?
I’m in a pretty remote place considering I’m only 40 miles outside of NYC. I have no cellular service and the $50 wifi we paid for to the room only works for one device. So, I guess life is giving me that deload. A rainy weekend, in a little cottage on the beach, with my wife of 10 years and my dog. No social media. No depressing news. Talking. Connecting. Just our little family and remembering what really is important.
Three days of clouds. Two lost jewelry sacres. A couple of chilly walks on the beach. One lost suitcase. Four ferry rides (one private). One broken marine engine. And a whole lot of music, laughing, and celebrating. I wouldn’t have traded it for the world.
Our own private ferry ride.
Take a day. A weekend. A week. Get away. Turn off. And give yourself a deload from all of the distractions out there. I promise you will come back stronger than when you left.