Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Balance

Not sure what it is about the days recently, but I don't seem to be able to squeeze enough hours out of them to get everything done that I feel I need to do.   Updating my blog daily has been one of the things that I haven't been able to get to every day.  So, here is another two-for-one update!

First the rowing recap...

Monday was a CrossFit Endurance day.  I had an early morning CrossFit WOD that consisted of medicine ball cleans and pull ups (and no, that does not mean we were getting all the dirt and grime off the medicine balls... we like 'em that way at CrossFit!)  In the evening I was joined by Julie and Jess for an 8x250m/1:30r interval session.  That was a lot of fun!  I managed to post a pretty respectable time for the total 2K... 6:22.3!  Wow! I wish I could do that without the rest in between!  I threw in an additional 6K when I got home to put me over 10K for the day.

Monday's efforts had me feeling pretty tired this morning.  I did my 10K row while I watched the last episode of Battlestar Gallactica season 4.   (I've heard the last 10 episodes in season "4.5" are a bit of a let-down...  can't say that the way season 4 ended has me chomping at the bit to see the rest of it... but I digress...)  After my rowing this morning I have felt tired all day.  So I decided to declare it a rest day and instead of CrossFit tonight, I am opting for dinner, blog update, then an early bed time.

I am a firm believer in listening to my body.  And particularly when I am consistently pushing my physical limits as I am now with the 10K March Madness Challenge, CrossFit 5 days a week, and an indoor triathlon this weekend, I tend to be more sensitive to my body telling me to take an evening off.

Rest is important.

In my experience there are basically three critical components to physical fitness: exercise, diet, and rest.  There needs to be a balance between those three things.  Ideally you would put equal focus on all three things at all times,  but that's not always practical.   What you end up with, in practice, is a dynamic balance.  Some days you put more emphasis on different parts of the equation, but over time things need to balance out.  And if they don't, eventually your body will tell you.  And probably in ways that you won't be too happy about.

So one day you work late, and miss your normal CrossFit session (everyone does CrossFit, right?) -- that day the exercise part takes a hit.  Another day it's your child's birthday, you have a piece of cake (or three), or you hit the pub with some friends and have a few beers...  and the diet takes a one-day dive.  Neither of these will upset the apple cart as long as they are not habituated.  But skip your workouts for a long time, or make Twinkies your go-to carb and over time you will pay the price.

It seems to me that in today's society,  people most consistently forget the "rest" part of that equation.  Even those who are very consistent about exercise and diet will often survive on minimal sleep.  It makes me wonder how much better they would do if they consistently paid the attention to rest that they pay to what they eat and how often they work out.

So with that in mind, I will be getting a little extra shut-eye tonight.   Doing what I can to keep things in balance!

Results from Monday and Tuesday:


Description
Total Meters
Time
Pace/500m
Warmup
1,000
4:32.6
2:16.3
8x250m/1:30r
2,000
6:22.3
1:35.5
Rest Meters
176
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Cool down
1,000
4:20.6
2:10.3
6k nightcap
6,000
30:19.6
2:31.6
10K (Tues)
10,000
47:19.6
2:21.9
Total for 2 Days
20,176
Meters to go
675,107

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  2. Amen to rest. Addicted as we are, and with challenges and high expectations it's difficult to keep the butt off the concept2 seat sometimes, but it's vital. Case and point: a fellow rower named Richard Youell is training very hard for a (rowing) marathon but took a 5 day (!!!) rest. "To rebuild my strength following all the training I've been doing" he said. Yesterday was his first day back, and he did a 10K test, the distance that he and I have a friendly competition at w/ PB's.
    Result: a new PB for him @ 38:58.9, a staggering 48 seconds quicker! WOW. I'll load that up tonight and see how long I can keep up. greets, Johan

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