Friday, May 11, 2012

My Capacity

I don't do much coaching, anymore. I have a few athletes, but mostly, I focus on personal training, yoga, and cycling classes. However, when I was coaching I had two athletes--one male, one female--who used to drive me nuts. They did not drive me nuts by doing too little and expecting too much; rather, they did (in my perception) WAY too much work, and not nearly enough recovery. I kept telling them that they needed to slow down, to do less, to recover more, or they might risk sickness or injury. Certainly, I thought, they wouldn't be able to achieve their potential.

Well I think I understand, now.

Over the past few months, I've gotten into rugby. I like it. It's tough. It's aggressive. It's different. It allows me to run side to side, as well as straight forward.

Trouble is, I'm finding it pretty difficult to achieve my definition of "training," which is working hard enough that I feel like I've been hit by a train. I've been lifting weights and doing aerobic endurance workouts and doing sprints and running agility drills and practicing my passing. Now that I think about it, I don't do a lot of tackling practice, and that might help with the whole "hit by a train" sensation.

But I understand now the urge to, say, run in the morning, swim at lunch, and finish the day off with bootcamp. When you are a ridiculously fit individual, it's hard to find the exercise--or, more probably, combination of exercises--that will make you sore. So you do lots.

Help me. I'm becoming an exercise junky.


  1. you get so caught up in the moment of LOVING what you are doing you don't even care!!! if you stick with the yoga, that might help keep the injuries at bay. And rugby is CRAZY! do you have bruises to share with us?!?

    1. OF COURSE I have rugby injuries to share! So far I've had a hyperextended elbow, two jammed fingers, a scratched and swollen eye, and numerous bruises. You can read all about it at my other blog,!