1. a sudden or marked decline or failure, as in progress or achievement; collapse
You know you’re in a slump when:
- You’re injured. How could you not be in a slump after getting injured? Hand-in-hand I’m afraid!
- You stop doing core exercises.
- You stop recording extra data (weight, num hours sleep, etc).
- You skip your long run/ride.
- You miss a few sessions.
- You stop loading workouts into computer ASAP.
- You stop staring at the PMC obsessively. In fact, you stop looking at all!
- You buy some alcohol for the first time in ages…
- You drink afore mentioned alcohol…
- You consider buying more alcohol!
- You find yourself sitting down watching TV for the first time in ages.
- You head out for a 3-4 hour ride and you’re back home in 2.
- You feel very flat on a ride and can’t push the pace.
- A package arrives from Wiggle and it sits unopened on your desk for days!!
Once I notice a few of these symptoms, I go into “CTL preservation mode”. I try to minimise the damage to my fitness and focus on what I can do. The PMC is very useful here (although a little depressing!)
Slump Damage Control
I try to:
- ride easy and short, as often as possible (daily is good)
- swim every 2nd day (apart from weekends where I can never get out)
- do core exercises every day I don’t swim – these make me feel good
- be aware of what I eat
I know it’ll be over in a week or two, and then I’ll be back with a surge of motivation! Ripper!!