Last week was challenging, mentally rather than physically. I'm now over the worst of the cold and back in training as of yesterday, however, I took 6 days off. To put that into perspective, I have never taken that long off due to illness since starting triathlon. In fact, the only time I've ever taken 6 days off training was after my first Ironman in 2008.
Rather than get down and worry about losing fitness, I tried to concentrate on the things that I could do. That involved a reasonable amount of stretching and paying extra attention to my nutrition. Incidentally, I continued supplementing with Extreme Endurance, despite not training. What I felt was something I had not felt in a while - complete freshness. For the past 3 months I have been so used to having heavy legs through high run volume, I'd forgotten what it was like to have literally zero muscle soreness.
When I made the decision to get out and train yesterday I was so excited. It's amazing how even only a week without training can leave you feeling like there's a void. After a 10 mile run I'd had my fix and was feeling good again. The pace was a little slower and the weather was miserable, but I was really enjoying being out.
What I'm hoping is that this forced downtime will serve as a help rather than a hindrance. With less than 8 weeks until IMSA, it's now crunch time. I'm fresh and I'm ready, physically and mentally.