But flipping it around it is giving me a real opportunity to rest my legs following the marathon. As you know I have been having some nagging ITB (actually hamstring) issues. Well, my back is pretty sore and my shoulder is pretty sore which equals no running. I can’t tell you the last time that I took a week off running. I’m frustrated but the legs are loving me for it.
On top of that I am continuing to track my weight. I have weighed almost every day for nearly 10 years. I have a routine. I got do my early morning pee and then strip down and weight. I have a yearly calendar on the vanity and write it down. Then I transfer the data to a spreadsheet. I like to look at the trends. I like to keep my weight in check. This is also who I am since I was not always as concerned about my health – see Coach James.
So where is the opportunity? Well, I am still tracking my weight and I have also started tracking my meals. I have done this several times in the past as well. However, this time is different. I am not training. No exercise is taking place. What does this mean? It is giving me a pretty accurate representation of my basal metabolic rate. My weight is holding steady. I know how many calories I am consuming. So I should be able to determine with a high degree of accuracy how many calories my body needs to just eat, sleep and go to work. Then after the training picks up I can better access my dietary needs. Hopefully this will allow me to be smarter and not get in those calorie deficits and go overboard. I wrote a 3 part series on Basal Metabolic Rate (part1, part2, part3)
Last, this is not so much of an opportunity but a realization. It is easy to break the habit of fitness! It is easy to not do the things to keep you health. And this is coming from a zealot. I mean, sleeping in to 6AM everyday; I could get used to this. And the laundry; well I train a lot. I train at least two times a day and sometimes three times a day – that is a huge pile of laundry each and every day (3x shirts, 3x shorts, headbands, visors, hats, compression shorts, cycling jerseys, cycling bibs, and don’t get me started on the socks – it seems like hundreds!). Don’t even get me started on the showers.
Next week I will be rejuvenated and have a better understanding of my dietary needs. I am motivated. I am excited. I realize the value of the day to day. I’m not ever going to take my fitness and training for granted!