Yep, Sometimes you just have to Listen to your Body

Anyone who read my post on Friday knows that I did my first round trip bike commute Thursday.  (In the pouring rain I might add).  Work is only 17 miles away, which isn’t far at all really, and a good distance for a work out.

However, I didn’t plan extraordinarily well before selecting my day to do this.  First, on Wednesday night, I stopped on the way home from dinner with the 15-year-old (Taco Del Mar, YUM!) to do my workout on the stairs.  I don’t run the stairs, but I keep a steady pace going up the 293 steps, and hurry back down, trying for a 5.5 minute round trip pace.  I do 7 reps of these.  I was done about 830 PM, and home by 9.  Not too late, but then I had to get things ready to go.

I hadn’t had a chance to get the panniers on the bike, or pack what I needed for the day (work clothes, lunch, work badge etc) so getting all this ready kept me up until about 1030.  I was up and on the road at 530 AM!  This meant a little less than 6.5 hours of sleep.

The morning was nice, but I pushed it hard to avoid the rain.  So it was a hard but good  work out.  It took about 75 minutes to get to work.

Then as, I pointed it, it was POURING on the way home!  What I didn’t know till I got home was that my back tire was at only half its normal pressure.  I am not sure if REI, while hurrying to replace my rim didn’t air it all the way up, or I have a leak.  Either way, this meant that when I pushing it to maintain a decent clip, so I could get out of the rain, I was having to work even harder than usual.  I could tell something just wasn’t right, but I was chalking it up to the hard rain.  Even with the tire, it still only took 75 minutes to get home.

Now do the math, adding all three workouts together, that is 3 hard workouts in less than 20 hours.  Time wise, it only adds up to just over 3 hours, which in the grand scheme of things is nothing!  I do, and have done this year, many rides over 3 hours long.  However, these longer rides are not done “flat-out”.  I pace myself to make sure I make it.  These three hours there was no pacing.  I asked my body to give a lot!

Yesterday, my body told me exactly how much I asked of it!  I was one dogbutt tired cowboy.  The legs were fried!  Just waking down two flights of stairs to the lunch room and back for tea or water wore me out. ( I refuse to use an elevator for 2 flights).

By 1 PM it got so bad, I had to break out desperate measures!  I fell back back on superior firepower and higher intelligence.  Yep, I cranked on the iPod to listen to AC/DC (Thunderstuck, Highway to Hell, TNT etc) and drank a Diet Mountain Dew (DMD Baby!)   I could finally feel my blood pumping, and for the first time all day I wasn’t worried about nodding off at my desk!

My stomach was also making demands.  I needed a chocolate chip cookie.  Not “it sounded good”, or “hmm maybe I will get one”  it was “Pal, if we are chained to this desk much longer, I am going to chew your arm off and go get it myself!  Yep, a trip to Starbucks was a remedy for that!  I finished it and wanted another, but I held firm!

What my body was saying was “Son, it is time for a break!”  Luckily, last night, my wife and I had planned a night away The Willows Lodge in Woodinville!.  We had planned to go out for dinner, have some wine and relax.  Instead we stopped and got wine at Ross Andrew Winery, and then, after checking in,  ordered room-service.  We then sat around the gas fire, with the rain coming down, resting, sipping great wine, and had fantastic food.

We had talked about getting up early and hitting the work out room there.  Nope, slept in, ordered room service again, and used the giant tub to soak tired legs.  Even now, the rain has stopped, (though hella-windy out there) and I should ride, but it is feeling good to sit!

I am the first to admit, that I don’t listen to this body like I should.  I had a sprained ankle last 2 months longer than it should because I wouldn’t stop playing softball.  I have done 5 and 10 Ks with a fever, and bitten off more than I can chew while hiking and biking more than once.  However, sometimes even someone as ornery as I am has to listen to the body.  HOWEVER, if its nice tomorrow I will get a long ride outside, and if not, a hard one on the rollers.  Next week, at least twice I will commute to work on the bike or bike after work!  (Not to mention stairs as well!)

It’s all well and good to listen to your body sometimes, but I am damn sure not going to let it start thinking its in charge!

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