I have written before on the importance of sleep. My inspiration to write on sleep comes when I suffer from deprivation of it, such as today. Last night I had the opportunity to have dinner with a new friend and I was out later than usual for a week night. Here comes the pathetic part – I was home and in bed by 11:00. Usually by 11:00 at night I have been sleeping for at least an hour and a half. Since this was a swim morning with my training partner, I was up by 4:45 to get to the pool in time to meet her. So instead of my usual seven to eight hours of sleep, I had about five and a half.
When swimming 2,500 meters in the morning, I have found five and a half hours of sleep is not sufficient. Today was proof. I did have a good swim, in fact we compared our times today from May last year and we both are considerably faster. And last year we were swimming most of our swim sets with fins. Now it is all body power. I did swim most of my swim without my ankle brace too. My fatigue set in later in the morning and no amount of caffein was going to change it. As a result, my cycle workout that I should have done this evening outside in the beautiful weather now will take place on a stationary tomorrow morning.
Flexibility is important within my training schedule, or I may never have a social life, however I am committed to my training and I do not like it when I skip a workout. Fortunately this is a recovery week, so I won’t completely miss a workout, I am just juggling things around a bit. As for the recovery part – my lack of sleep is not helping there. I don’t think lost sleep can be made up, but I have no intentions of losing any more. Enjoying each day is so important to me, despite my sleepiness, I had a good swim, chatted with my dear friend in the hot tub after, appreciated the beautiful sunshine today and now I am going to seize the night – and sleep.