Post-biking reflection

27 06 2009

The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend. ~Chuck Palahniuk

Usually I’m so tired by Friday night that I really, really look forward to spending an easy night in bed, reading and watching TV, and going to sleep before midnight. Except in reality, I get caught up in an engrossing book, or watch half a season of some show instead of two episodes like I intend, or otherwise find some reason to stay up until it’s 2am. Sometimes it’s pure excitement (at what?! It’s not like I do anything interesting on a weekend that I don’t do on a weekday, besides grocery shopping), but when I stay up late, I console myself with the prospect of sleeping in the next morning.

Except ever since I knew about the indoor cycling class at 8am on Saturday mornings at my YMCA, I have been completely unable to sleep in. I tell myself, “If I don’t get up by 7:30am, I’ll skip the class,” and go to bed without setting an alarm. Well, last night I went to bed at 12:30am or so. Couldn’t sleep. Tossed in bed for a long time. Got up at 2:30am to pee. Woke up at 5:45am, then at 6:14am, then at 6:43, each time checking my watch for the time. I finally got up at 7:15am. Felt cranky and unrested. Had a mashed banana and avocado sandwich (this might be my new favorite spread!) and went biking.

So in conclusion, I am completely unable to “just wing it” in the morning. If I think I might go to the class, then you bet I’ll get up in time — hours earlier (just to make sure I’m on time, heh), with or without an alarm. I should just set an alarm next time to begin with, because at least then I’ll sleep with the assurance that I won’t oversleep. I wish the same could be said about my work day mornings… but alas…

The workout was just okay — bad music at a low volume, a sarcastic instructor, and I just wasn’t feeling energetic. My highest heart rate was 172, and average was 138. That kind of concerns me because I’m usually unable to get my heart rate that high on the bike and I think I am doing too much/too hard and not getting enough rest/sleep. My heart rate’s been slightly elevated at rest as well (usually it’s in the mid/high 50s after I’m sitting down for awhile, but yesterday night it was in the mid 60s). Elevated heart rate at work and at rest (as well as poor sleep) is a classic indicator of overtraining, which may be the case since I’m on my feet all day at work on top of 5-6 days/week of fairly hard workouts. Or I just read too deeply into things in my body when they don’t mean anything.

In conclusion, I should

  1. Sleep more
  2. Schedule workouts more efficiently
  3. Workout less or workout less hard
  4. Quit my demanding job

Haha, don’t tease me, #4.

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