Friday, November 28, 2014
I blame it on the wetsuit
On Sunday, I did a hard swim workout, race day. This was super-fun and I enjoyed challenging myself.
On Monday, I did a 20-minute run at 7 a.m. and then a hard bike ride at 7 p.m. Fine so far -- I took it a little easier on the bike ride because I was tired from the run.
On Tuesday, I did a rowing class at 7 a.m. I knew that I was tired from the day before and I had some weird aches and pains. I told myself I would take it easy and just enjoy the workout. Then I got caught up in the class, and the instructor cheering me on, and "went for it."
"It" turned out to be back pain. I have never in my life felt so bad. I limped through the rest of the day -- I had work to do and meetings until 4 p.m., and then I went home to lean on an icepack and watch Mad Men reruns.
I still had some thoughts of trying to do the 5K I was scheduled to do on Thursday. I thought I would be back to normal the next day.
I woke up Wednesday with some soreness but could walk without pain, mostly. I took it easy most of the day, doing normal activity but no working out. I had family in town and picked up my nephew and felt a twinge, but other than that, was feeling better. I picked up my packet. I went to bed and set the alarm as if I were going to the race.
Thursday morning I knew I shouldn't do the race. I thought about walking, but as we can see from my history, telling myself to take it easy is not a reliable strategy. If I tried to walk, I might run and then I might hurt myself and miss my chance to enjoy time with my family. No way.
Today it's Friday and I am still sore. I am thinking that setting my big goals caused me to overreach a bit. I need to find a balance between being motivated and being a lunatic. I know that it is possible. I just have to give myself permission to be a badass only ONCE per 24-hour period.
But the wetsuit does look a bit like a superhero outfit, so I think it's an easy mistake to make.
"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07