Thursday, May 7, 2009

Rest Day Jitters

I wasn't feeling 100% on Saturday so decided to take the morning ride off and make up for it later in the day and sleep in instead. It turned out to be a pretty good morning to sleep in because once I got up I had lots to do and started off my day flying and just kept that momentum going (unfortunately to work). The reason I bring this up is because I found out that while I missed the ride people were talking about me. Discussing how I never take rest days and am training so hard these days.

If you've talked to me lately, work isn't going 100% so I've had to put in many 12-14 hour days in the lab. Mix that with 2-3 hours of training a day and still trying to eat/sleep/play, I've felt like I've been burning the candle at both ends. With the triathlon club, often we have mailing list going and its been brought to my attention that many times I will reply to a thread after people go to sleep, and then again before they wake up. Backing up 6-7 hours of sleep a night for two weeks on end was killing me. 

I thought about this conversation with my friends during an easy ride Sunday and decided it was true, my riding was getting a little flat with fatigue and I needed a rest. Turns out I hadn't taken a full day off since April 10th (granted a few days were simply 30 minute swims). Monday became my rest day. 

Who ever said rest days were easy? I was sitting in lab all day just dancing around in my seat. It was funny, even though I often don't get in any exercise until the evening, knowing that I wasn't going to exercise at all was getting me all riled up. I even had talk myself out of going to the gym and doing a simple ab workout (would would have undoubtedly turned into a leg workout as well). 

It still wasn't the most restful day because of work, but at least physically it wasn't too strenuous. I decided I've taken one day, I might as well make this rest day count since I probably won't take any more until my taper for Shawnigan in two weeks. That being said, I went to the gym Tuesday morning and did stretches as well as some leg stuff but then took the rest of the day off. One thing I didn't enjoy much at all though was sleeping. Not getting in any exercise all day I slept terribly. Took me a long time to sleep (by Vince standards), and was up tossing all night. Thats one thing I really like about hard training days, I'm out like a light until my alarm goes off (or often much later). 

What really surprised me was how easy skipping day 2 was than day 1. Breaking a pattern was so simple it was scary. Then again, getting into one happens just as quickly for me as well. 

But here I am, two days more rested and ready to take on a big weekend. Got my 9.5 hours of catch up sleep last night and am ready to go. 

Bring it. 


Missy said...

Sometimes, rest is best! You want your legs to feel all jittery and ready to rock it.

Glad you like the globe. I thought it was pretty cool too.

Chloe said...

I sleep like crap to if I dont' work out. Except if adult beverages are involved. Then I fall right asleep :)