Earlier this week, I talked about the New Year and my new plan, particularly how I need to take better care of myself and have more fun. But, I don’t want to mislead anyone. I’m still very much interested in getting stronger.
Jim and I have had on-going conversations about how I can and will get better even though he is adjusting my training volume according to my body’s inability to recover from intense training sessions (even though I really like them!). We are monitoring my recovery with daily HRV readings and when necessary Jim makes changes to my programming on the fly. So, right now, the focus is on quality work with less overall volume and light conditioning to speed recovery. And while it’s no secret that I’m hard-headed about this stuff, I’m seeing some early signs that he’s right as usual.
I’ve also started a training log. I’ve done this before but in the past I’ve only included training details. This time I’m also including notes about how I handled the last workout and if there are any lifestyle stressors to consider. I’m the type of person that likes to hit the gym hard regardless of what’s going on in my personal life (and sometimes because of what’s going on in my personal life) so I’m hoping that this journaling will help me to make better decisions with the goal of staying healthy so I CAN get back to training hard and competing again.
I’ve asked my coach, Jim Laird, to contribute his two cents on this topic and below is what he had to say.
As an important side note, I’d like to thank all our readers for supporting our blog through another successful year. My fellow Miss Fits and I hope to inspire other women by sharing our personal stories including our goals, triumphs, struggles and works in progress. It’s not always ‘pretty’ but we promise to be real. We encourage you to reach out to us and share your stories too. And, let us know if you have questions along the way. In the meantime, Happy New Year!