Every December I put together an annual training plan. I never actually followed it, especially the rest days because the way I look at it, other commitments dictate when my rest week will happen, not my training plan.
As part of this year’s commitment to follow through on the things I know I should be doing, I put a copy of my plan on my office wall. It helped me focus on getting down to my racing weight and transition from my base phase (my base phase sometimes lasts all year). Last night my legs felt really sluggish. I glanced at my plan and see next week is a rest week. I happen to need a rest week. Go figure.