In my race report last week, I mentioned feeling a little jaded. That has definitely carried over into this week. I could normally get over it and just train straight though, but a combination of food poisoning and website hosting troubles have conspired to keep me home and sedentary — well, that was yesterday and today. Hopefully by tomorrow I can get back into the swing of things…
I guess I kind of forgot what a grind in-season training could be, and quite honestly this season has gone on a bit longer than I thought it would. (Remember I had initially targeted only Super League Bali in March!) But because I’m racing short distance, it’s a little bit more forgiving of the missed session or two when my brain and body decide they’d rather play hooky.
Maybe my biggest concern is the weight gain when I don’t exercise. But I am just. So. Bored. Not even powering through “Good Omens” on my tablet while running on the treadmill or cycling on the trainer can break through the boredom.
When something that is meant to keep me fit starts to feel like work, I’ve learned that’s when I need to start backing off. Otherwise, I spiral down into overtraining again, and I did not just dig myself out of a two-year rut to disappear again completely.
So I think this week I’m going to do some group exercise — yoga, dance, maybe a weights class? Something that will help me get my sweat on and keep me aerobically fit, but is low-stakes and takes my head out of the competition space. After all, I’m running and doing triathlon for the fun and fulfillment of it, but it isn’t the only thing that will help me maintain my weight and health. (It’s a preferred way, of course.)