Numerically, I’ve lost fitness during the last 4.5 days of full rest while the body eliminated a sinus & lung infection. The timing–transition week between maximum build & beginning of taper leading into Ironman Sweden–wasn’t great.
But without creating space for healing, I knew that my health would have deteriorated much further. Thus, an opportunity arose; time for focused spiritual strengthening. In the long run, that’s actually what’s most important to me.
Mentally, I feel refreshed and eager to move along the path, which is a joy! (Physically, the body is still regaining its energy stores.) With a positive mindset a lot is achieved! This is continually reinforced by my spiritual teachers, among others: John Joseph (Positive Mental Attitude), Steve Magness & Brad Stulberg (Peak Performance), Rich Roll (Unleash your Best Self).
As Karan Bajaj says, the Yogic life is about revealing (our innate nature), rather than constantly becoming.