Friday, September 17, 2010

Taking my three days

I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission.
 And I want to help you. - HAL

I am a computer geek - I have that scrolling across my workstation.

After the long walk home I have taken it easy. I believe that I have just been over extended. This happens to me this time of year. I know it happens and I just bull dozer through it. It is funny – I know it, I can see it, I can feel it but I think it will be different this time.

I hate feeling weak. I am not sure where this trait comes from. I sure did not grow up with it. I was a pretty sickly child (when I was real little). I was allergic to dang near everything. In fact I could not drink any type of milk – not cow, goat or otherwise. A funny story – when my sister was working in a laboratory on g-proteins (cow hearts) everyone in her lab would gag from the smell. I guess it was awful. It did not make her sick – in fact it kind of reminded her of childhood. That is what I had to drink for protein – cow hearts in a blender – YUK. My father tells me that they had to change the carpet in the house often because as he would rest me on his shoulder to comfort me I would throw up all down his back. He has told me this story repeatedly all of my life.

Anyway, if you ask me when the last time I was sick I will tell you that I don’t remember. And I truly don’t. I like to think that my immune system is a fortress around my body. I am in excellent health and nothing can get through. I know this is not true but it is how I look at it. Being sick is admitting weakness.

Let me state this one more time – I AM NOT SICK, I’m really not, but I am a bit run down. This time of year I deal with a lot of stress – it used to be worse – but there is a lot of stress none the less. And the way that I deal with stress is through exercise. One-a-days turn to two-a-days and two-a-days turn to three-a-days. It is just what I do – I know that it is maladaptive – but it is me.

The first sign of this fatigue was the damned ‘Prickly Heat’ (thankfully resolved). Then came some reduced performance – I failed on two of my bike trainer workouts. The last straw was the failed run home on Tuesday. Therefore, I have taken it easy the since then. I am not sick and I do not feel bad but my body (and to a less extent my mind) has been fatigued.

I am fond of saying ‘take three days to save three weeks and take three weeks to save three months’.

I am taking my three days.


Matty O said...

Being sick is admitting weakness

Thank goodness I am not the only one that thinks this! No, I just try to never admit that I am overextended myself. I do the same thing all the time, take on more and more and more and then bam, hit the boiling point and something has to give.

Enjoy the 3 days man. Its much earned!

Loved the website, I was going to email you some more of my thoughts but overall (as expected) it is VERY well organized and thought out. I think you hit on some seriously perfect points in your explanation as to why a coach.

If I have time today I will shoot you a more in depth detail email.

I did not realize you were ever a PFG (previous fat guy). I guess that makes up 90% of all triathletes?!

lindsay said...

That is a lovely story about cow hearts. And to think I complained about goat and rice milk... My immune system isn't all there and it likes to malfunction often :-/

Rest up and feel better/rejuvenated soon! I like your 3 days quote.

misszippy said...

Smart man...if more people took their 3, there would be a lot fewer injuries out there. Try to enjoy your little break.

Mike Russell said...

Classic over-training man. The workout schedule most people maintain pales in comparison to yours, so enjoy the deserved break. Three days will olnly help you recover. It is doubtful you will lose any fitness.

Julie said...

I am so jealous of your computer geek status! I just happen to suck at computers:) Just ask my IT guy:)

Take care of yourself and enjoy those three days!

Bethany + Ryan said...

sorry, i couldn't pay attention to anyhting you wrote after cow's that for real?? you had to drink blended up cow's heart??!! wow. that's a first for me.

take it easy! you're a smart man!!

Ironman By Thirty said...

Enjoy the 3 days! You have earned it.

Francine said...

The formula was called meat-based formula, MBF for short. It may have been made by Gerber as in the article at this link:,948309

It was medium brown in color and had a strong smell and staining power. I remember those brown stains on the brown carpet. And most of my photos with you as a child are of you naked because we would dress you up in nice clothes and you would puke before we could get a picture of you with me.