Over the last couple of years I have seen my workout endurance grow.
I can do things now that I could not do then without collapsing.
Often, while I am reluctant to start, once I get going it is over before I know it. I am sweaty, flushed, and filled with post exercise satisfaction!
Some days (sometimes a streak of them) it is still a massive struggle. This week had been rather a strong example.
Every work out had been a fight. Not just getting started, but getting through.
The motivation and adrenaline refuse to kick in.
Every minute was a fight with myself. No pain. But my endurance seemed less. Or was that just a symptom of reluctance?
Was I getting winded quicker on the sprints, or was I just being a wimp because I wasn’t "into it"?
Difficult to tell.
I looked up an article online about why some workouts are harder than others.
This was mostly aimed at runners but was worth a read-through
Some of the reasons given and my comments on how they might have been applying.
Dehydration (not highly likely as I gulp water all day, but still possible)
Too Much, Too Soon (not in the way I think the article meant, but my body did get a bit of a beating at the end of last week and while I wasn't in Pain, maybe it was just sluggish still)
Inadequate Fueling (Don't really think that is the issue)
Life Stresses (YES! Been riding the stress horse harder than Ever lately, I really need to take a chill pill.. add hormones going wonky this week and I have been a wreck)
Weather (in the article it was really aimed at outdoor runners, but as a SAD sufferer, the winter is very difficult for me, and with all the stress I am carrying, it has been getting to me quite easily)
So I have another weekend crammed full of obligation and activity. What I really want to do is sleep in and do nothing.
I really need to slow down my frantic pace.
Some things I really unavoidably obligated for already, but I think I really need to sit down and review things a bit. I am in desperate need of some ME time.
Very hard to come by, not only is there an additional person living with us for a few more weeks, but her father is comming to stay for a week too.