Saturday 2/27: After I managed to really blow up big time in my 2k attempts, I went downhill fast. Stomach cramps set in by around 6pm, and by 8 I was in bed shivering and strangely enough struggling with nasty leg and foot cramps. I was up and down all night
Sunday 2/28: pretty darn ill. Basically slept the entire day. Ate nothing. Manage to drink about one glass of water. This was worrying because I had a business trip coming on Monday.
Monday 2/29: dragged myself to the airport, and got through my meetings in Chicago, but was still feeling under the weather.
Tuesday 3/1: I had time to trading before my 9am flight to Minnesota, but decided sleep and recovery was the better choice. Another day of meetings large and small in our design center up there.
Wednesday 3/2: again, I had the time to get in a workout, but still didn’t feel up to it. Flew from Minnesota to Portland, Oregon. Another design center and another set of meetings. Started to feel ‘normal’ in the afternoon, and by dinner I noticed my appetite was starting to return with a vengeance.
Thursday 3/3 (today): today, I managed to get down to the fitness center for a very easy 30 minute session, 10 minutes on a cross trainer that seemed incapable of providing resistance, and then 20 minutes walking up an incline. (15 % grade, around 5 mph). This was good, heart rate right around 70% HRR. It felt good to work up a little sweat. Today, I’ll be in our second biggest design center in Los Angeles, for another day of meetings. Then I’ll grab the red eye back to Boston.
Tomorrow, I will plan on an easy erg session, maybe a 3×20 L4. I expect that the illness and training layoff has probably set me back a month in terms of fitness. It’s time to lay out objectives for the summer and map out a training plan.
This kind of stuff is frustrating, I need to work on making the overall training program challenging AND enjoyable on its own. I’m trying to find the balance. On one hand, setting goals to achieve certain levels of performance in competition is very motivating and enables me to really push harder workouts and not blow off training. On the other hand, I have higher priorities than competition, especially since my competition is against my own prior performance. I’m never going to set records or win big events. That doesn’t change the feeling of satisfaction that comes as you reel in and pass someone in a head race, right at the edge of your capabilities.
Enough philosophy. Time to go talk to some engineers!