Wintering, Dormancy in Fitness, and the Fertile Void
Sam, great thoughts on wintering. Can't remember where I saw this, but as a response to trying to start new things during the winter -- it doesn't make sense; just as cold weather is a signal for a time for pruning in the garden, so too is it for the mind and body.
That being said, winter doesn't necessarily need to lead to dormancy. I've found the "off-season" -- in life and and in sport -- is a chance to stop focusing on the immediate skills you need "in-season" and instead focus on building your base. For me, that's shifting to strength building now, in anticipation of of a heavier endurance focus in the late winter and spring (XC/alpine skiing leading to hiking and trail running).
Plus, beach season is only 180 days away -- it's time to bulk!
The idea of Wintering and adapting to the season of life really resonated with me.
I've been trying to tap into my natural rhythms more this year. This article was a good reminder to throttle back a little during this time to rest, recover, and regroup for greater strength later on.
Thanks for this awesome piece of writing Sam!