Ever had one of those days when you just feel tired and lethargic? That was how I felt yesterday. I had a 3 hr aerobic endurance ride planned and just felt 'blah' when I woke up. The legs were tired and my motivation was low. Ever felt that way?
I have a rule that I try to adhere to. That rule is to start a workout and see how I feel after 15 minutes. If I feel like crap after 15 minutes, I turn around and call it a day. This '15 minute' rule used to serve me well when I was racing competitively back in my 20's, so I gave it a shot ... and it worked! I was able to get into a groove and ride comfortably, not feeling like something the cat dragged in.
The 3 hr ride wasn't a spectacular effort, but I was glad to get it done and 'in the books'. After all, miles in the legs during base building is like 'money in the bank'. After the ride, I was ravenously hungry... so while watching the NFL Playoffs (sorry Viking and Jets fans), ate like a man possessed. We had some SEE's Candy in the pantry, so I was sure to indulge on some chocolate treats. I can tell that my body is adjusting to higher workloads as I try to balance proper nutrition with higher volume training. It's a process that you should be aware of too.
- Coach Troy