It’s days like this when I worry about burn out. 

Last night I hit the pool to attempt 40×50 hard laps and barely got off the edge of the pool.  I spent most of my time working on form and couldn’t catch a good rhythm.  The total swim time was about 35 minutes and instead of beating myself up, I felt good about even showing up.

After the swim I added another notch in my string of cluster-fuck sleep attempts.  It’s just crazy because I was definitely tired after the swim, but then ate a little and drank a bunch of water and I felt like I was ready for another workout while I tossed and turned in bed.  I woke up three separate times and finally got up for good about 6:40 to go do my leg workout. 

When I got  to the gym I wasn’t feeling it at all.  I explained my woes to Daniel who was already in the middle of his workout, and he was gracious in his understanding.  I did a couple sets of walking lunges and my knee gave me some funky feedback, so I stopped.  I meandered a bit, then did some upper body stuff, before calling the workout a fail. 

It’s such a strange feeling preparing for an Ironman.  There is still over 7 months left, but you always wonder if missing a workout is going to haunt you later.  How do you know?  I don’t, but I know enough to realize it is a long road and I believe it’s more important to build and keep your energy than burn it to the ground. 

I’m not in the mood for the bike workout tonight, but we’ll see how I feel after my writing class.  I feel very busy right now with work, training, and all of my other interests.  My next focus is on simplifying my life so I am not bogged down or distracted by extra baggage.  I’ll keep you posted on that process. 

Sometimes it Feels Overwhelming

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4 thoughts on “Sometimes it Feels Overwhelming

  • January 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm
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    Stick with it. Some days just feel harder than others, you know. I have had some days where I have to force myself to get to a workout and it turns out great, others I am eager to workout and then the workout blows. Its so random. Just stick with it and all will be fine. That’s what I tell myself at least.

    • January 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm
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      Thanks, Chatter! These days are tough… I’m always torn between “what is exhaustion?” and what is me just being lazy… it’s crazy to be on this intense of a program and even think about calling myself a bum, but I guess it’s all relative. Keep crankin yourself!

  • January 29, 2013 at 10:05 pm
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    I agree, just hang in there. Do allow your body to communicate itself and take a rest if need be. You are building a strong base but also need to allow for adequate recovery as that is where it can make or break your entire season. Keep up the good work!

    • January 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm
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      Yes… and maybe that’s exactly what I am concerned about, the “entire season.” My feeling is I just want to gradually build it up and feel stronger as I go… not be run down… It’s tricky because I really do feel great. But sometimes I can just tell that I need to back it down. Thanks for the input!

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