Martin Maes is an elite Enduro World Series racer who knows that it takes more than training hard to win races. Winning at the top level requires smart training. The simple truth is that if you go out and hammer every day, you’re going to burn out and under-perform when it really counts. To arrive at the big day in the best possible shape, rest and recovery are as important as those lung-busting interval sessions and muscle-burning gym workouts. Yet, for elite athletes, rest doesn’t mean sitting on the sofa in their underpants binge-watching Netflix.
The technical term for these days is “active recovery,” and if these athletes are being candid, they are the days on the schedule many athletes hate most. If you are training hard, you don’t want to stop cold turkey, as your body will switch into repair mode and shut down. Once it does, it’s hard to get going again. You can’t just switch it on and off. So, when a rest day comes around, you need to…