Rested. That's the plan of attack at the moment.
A complete and thorough review of what has been and what is desired.
Letting the body regroup, by investing time in sleep, cross training activities and identifying niggles that are only seen now that the pace is dropped.
It took a years practice and 3 big races to establish a pattern that kept my bodyweight at 70-71kg post race. To start at 70-71kg and finish into the next day at the same weight. Not just by ensuring a balanced level of fluid, electrolytes, food and intensity were practiced on the day, it had to be practiced all the way leading to it.
Going long is an intense stress for the body. All the science proves that significant weight loss before, during and after can be represented by very small margins on the scales or girth measurements. What may appear to be insignificant losses to the human eye and measuring tape externally, can be destructive to the healthy functions internally.
During this period of lower intensity and volume, the same foods taken during high loading weeks are eaten. For it is this that will support the uptake of training that looms ever closer in the diary.
As a trainer, I will urge anyone who is trying to live a life of good health, of varying activity levels and varying stresses to aim high when it comes to food. Invest in food as a priority over everything else. This is the true factor that supports ALL. There is no "which came first....?"
I will invest in food before new training shoes, a race, a new job commitment. This is no chicken or egg scenario. Food comes first. That will determine the outcome of all other decisions, actions, successes and progressions.
December happens to be a month of reflection and assessment in my calendar. It's just the way work and races have aligned. I was enabled to train and perform the races to the desired outcomes because of food.
Everything else ,positive and negative, is a result of this action.
Best in health, in training and in life.