Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Being fit is interesting

It is safe to say that I am in my personal, lifetime peak of fitness. Actually, that has probably been true since about September of last year. Of course, the positives outweigh the negatives. There are some surprising side effects that require attention ... mostly on the mental side.

1) When you have already done your training for the day and you then see someone else out for an afternoon run or ride you have to fight the urge to beat up on yourself for not training too.

2) A day off every now and again is not only acceptable but NECESSARY. I must admit that this one has been tough for me. My last full day off without any exercise was March 9th. I don't feel extremely fatigued or like I am overtrained, but I am sure that I am.

3) There are good days and bad when it comes to anything. This is especially true in endurance training. Don't let the less-than-stellar workouts effect your life. Just roll with it. It is part of the journey.

4) I woke two nights in a row at midnight and I was wired. I actually considered going out to get on the trainer. I forced myself to go back to sleep. Obsessed much? Sheesh.

5) Not everyone has the drive or interest in doing endurance sports. Heck, a year ago I was NOT an endurance athlete. I have done a decent job of not making my journey the center of the conversation ... except with Carrie who is likely tired of hearing about it at this point.

Am I the most fit person out there? Not by a long stretch. What I like is that I have managed to maintain most of my strength even though I weigh quite a bit less than I did previously.

Yesterday was quite a day workout-wise.

After work, I made a beeline to "gym A" for a 1500m swim. I then had to leave gym A and proceed to "gym B" for spin class. I arrived about 25 minutes before spin, so I hopped on the treadmill for a 2 mile run to loosen up the calves from Monday's mid-distance run. After spin, I headed home. I almost talked myself out of doing it ... but I went for a 10K run around the new neighborhood (or "gym C" if you will). 47 minutes for a 10K after three other workouts makes me feel pretty darn good. The best part about this run is that I could have gone a little faster AND I feel better today than I have in a few days. It is funny how a higher effort level sometimes stretches out muscles a little better than any other method.


  1. I know how you feel and couldn't have put it better myself! I can't tell you how many times I've told myself in the past couple of years that I can't believe how fit I am. It keeps getting better. That's what has drawn me to ironman training, and why I'm not sure that I can give it up. Keep up the good work!

    1. Yeah - I know you are focused - based on your last few training outings. Holy cow. Iron simulations. Crazy!