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Paying the price and the decision process

Monday, July 29, 2013

I bubbled about the good things about athletics yesterday. Today I'm coming out from under my shelf of blankets I hid under for pretty much all of today and blogging about the tough decisions that we sometimes make as competitors.

Yesterday when I had trouble sleeping and got up early, it was also with the niggling feeling that all was not well with the body. Headache. A little nausea. But this can be "nerves" or it can be "coming down with something".

As with most days and going to work, or in this case, doing an event I look forward to all year, I acted as if I was going to do it... and I went and did it! And it was in fact, great. But then I was spent... puttered around the house, but still had the headache stuff going on while I blogged and posted photos.

It's a tough decision: to compete when you're not at the top of your form. But all the training that you do, and the residual fitness, the excitement of the day... pulls you forward. I know from experience what a let-down it was when I skipped a 5K when I wasn't feeling well. So... I went. Of course if my symptoms had been more severe, it might have been a different choice... I'm not a complete fool... just halfway there.

Today, I ended up canceling two appointments and drugging up and trying to be unconscious for the day. I'm still not at the top of my game, but I knew I had to get up and eat a little something, and keep trying to hydrate.

The good news? TRI is so much easier on legs and joints and muscles in general... than running long distance, I feel no ill effects of that sort at all. Once I get over the cruds? Back to keeping that balance, which y'all know, includes back to training.

But first... tomorrow, hopefully fully rested and recuperated... back to work!

LIFE is good, even when not 100%. Spark on! emoticon
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