Taking time off and going away helps me rest, relax, regroup and remember how much I love my bed! Sleeping at home last night was a delight. Especially with my little stomach issue. From what I can tell I did have a very mild form of food poisoning.
This morning I did sleep in a bit and was still feeling cramps in my stomach. I ate an energy bar for breakfast and wanted to get a ride in. My concerns with riding on the road were two – if I get sick while riding and I am miles from home it would not be good and with the hills in my neighborhood was I strong enough to ride them with very little nutrition over the past 36 hours. After hemming and hawing over it, as much as I prefer riding outside, I decided to ride on my trainer. I did chose a challenging course and road 18.5 miles. It felt good and I held up well. After a week off of riding I was happy to be “back in the saddle”.
As the day progressed I was able to eat a bit more. I am feeling like I am returning more to normal. As I have been writing on flexibility, I am also questioning “normal”. I remember thinking after my mother passed away that life was returning to a new normal. Sometimes events cause changes that alter forever what normal was once known to be. I know this week I will return to my regular training schedule which is normal for me. Five years ago – getting up at 4:30 in the morning and working out over 10 hours a week was far from normal. Three to five hours a week seemed very acceptable and what “normal” people do.
One thing is certain, things change. Sometimes by choice – my workout habits, and sometimes as a result of things that are out of my control. Sometimes choices are a result of something out of my control. As a result of my latest food malfunction I am beginning to do a bit of research in the realm of nutrition. This may impact how I chose my meal plan. Call it karma, coincidence, or Divine intervention – but in the past six months I have come across several people, unrelated, who have been impacted by a movie. The most recent nudge was just yesterday when I read a friend’s Facebook status that she just watched Forks over Knives. I have not seen it yet and plan to this week. I have not made a judgement yet since I haven’t seen it, but I do know that most of my food run ins have been with meats. So I am willing to explore and research. Change sometimes causes anxiety or trepidation, but I know I want to improve as much as I am able to make life all the more enjoyable. And enjoying every day is what makes life grand.