I spent some time today searching through quotes to write this post from. I have several good ones, but they are not applicable to what I have experienced the past two days. Yes, much to Jill’s surprise this morning she woke to find I did not write yesterday. And it was not even a rest day. Actually far from it. I was up yesterday by 6:30 to get to the gym and cycle. I did a challenging workout my coach gave me. My focus on the bike is to build strength and keep my cadence up. I finished the workout feeling I put my all into the hour. After a quick change I was in the pool and swam 2,700 meters. It was an endurance swim with repeats from 200 meters to 400 meters and a few fast 100’s mixed in. By the time I was done I was ready for a nap. Alas, it did not happen. I had much to do throughout the day. By the time I got home it was after 4 in the afternoon and taking a nap would only disrupt my sleep overnight. With still more to do, I finally went to bed exhausted – without making time to write a blog entry.
This morning I woke and felt good, still a bit tired, but I made it to 6:00 AM spin class. I nearly accomplished something this morning in spin class I never thought possible. I almost fell asleep while spinning 90 RPMs. So much for the coffee. I finished class feeling more tired than when I started – a rare occurrence. Thinking a swim would help, I headed to the pool. Crazy – I know. For the first time I was glad two of my friends did not make it to swim this morning. I would have felt compelled to swim hard. My girlfriend who was swimming asked how I was and when I told her I wanted to go back to bed she was relieved – she was just as tired as I. Must be something in the air. We both swam easy on our own. After 800 meters I finished. My last 100 meters I felt like I was pushing hard only to touch in at 2:04. The first time in weeks I was not under 2:00 in a main set. At lunch I did manage to meet a friend to lift. I know I need to get back in to my strength routine and having the accountability of a training partner helps. She is very strong too, let me tell you. I think my arms may not move in the morning… I also did some lower body work too. Not bad for being in desperate need of a nap since 1:00 yesterday afternoon.
So now I am home and will be heading to bed very early. I have checked my heart rate several times and it is low – I am not over worked. Heck I almost fell asleep during a workout this morning. Sometimes the only cure is sleep. Caffeine, endorphins, nor chlorine can cure the need for sleep when it is necessary. In retrospect I do not think I would do anything differently the past two days. Sometimes I am more tired having not worked out in the morning. It is more getting to bed on time (as well as putting my cat out in the hall when she wants to play at midnight) that will cure my need for sleep. So it comes back to priorities. I can beat myself up because I wasted time talking to a friend when I could have done laundry, or just accept that it is what it is and start fresh tomorrow. Ah! And now I have a purpose to share a quote.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
So Jill – and all reading – here is to a new day. May we find the strength to get through it and celebrate new thoughts to share our joy and our light.