Sunday, January 18, 2009

When Work Attacks

I haven't had a day off in over three weeks.

This is my third seven-day work week. I'm getting a little burned out.

And what's more, I haven't had time to write cool new articles for my blog! I have a new spinning workout that's only half-done, and will probably remain only half-done at least until Friday.

This business is so weird; it's either feast or famine. Two weeks ago, I was complaining that I wasn't getting enough business. And now? I was booked solid from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. today (fortunately, my last appointments canceled, and I got to go home and take a nap). I had four 12+ hour days this last week. Sometimes they start at 5:00 a.m. Which isn't so bad if I'm waking up to swim or run or something. But waking up to work? Not so much. Because then when do I swim and run?

Needless to say, this situation is not conducive to my training. And my body is starting to rebel. It's saying, "Hey, you better let up or I'm going to get sick, and then where will you be?" I've been drinking antioxidants and munching on zinc, trying to keep my body in line. But the stress of training is something I haven't wanted to chance for the last couple days.

At any rate, my half Ironman program (!) starts next Wednesday, so I'm going to have to find some balance in my life, some sanity. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  1. Word.

    And super proud of you on the half Ironman front. How stupid am I that I didn't realize a half was the 70.3, and not a full? Yeah. Stupid. Lol.

  2. The sad reality is that some (if not most) of your clients will drift away over the next couple of months.

    But until then, commute by foot or cycle. Also, break up your workouts into several small ones throughout the day, if possible.

    But you also bring up a good point. Many folks forget the impact of real life on training, thinking that they absolutely must get the 12 hours (or whatever) in for the week. But when that 12-hr week syncs up with a brutal work week, something's got to give. And it's usually not work.

    Keep in mind that the work is stress on the body too. Ignore that and you could easily push into the realm of overtraining on a relatively short workout week.

  3. It's a hard call, work verses athletic training. Hopefully you can find a happy medium.

    I'm working on putting together one of your old play list for my spinning class. I'll just work off the old lists for now.

    Make sure you get decent sleep. I've learned from experience that sleep will keep your immunity system working well, especially through the winter months.

  4. well, you have to make a living. but do you have to schedule it every day of the week? can't you just have one designated YOU day?