During a standard week of training where we’re doing 2-3 sessions a day, usually 6 days a week, it is possible to get into a ‘good’ routine when sleep and recovery can be prioritised. This is obviously helped significantly when on lottery funding, meaning that when training is done for the day, rest can begin. Around 8-10 hours is optimum.
However personally, I find that much of my mental recovery comes from completely detaching myself from rowing. A lack of mental recovery for me has much bigger effects on my performance than lack of physical recovery. I therefore have to make sure that I manage to fit in things after training, such as walks with friends, quiet trips to coffee houses, mini adventures into London etc to see my partner, all to maintain my mental health.
As a result, it’s sometimes not possible for me to get a full 8 hours prior to training the next day, but I can be sure I’ll have got my mental rest to re-enter an intense training environment with a healthy mindset.