Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Overcoming Monday Doldrums

Monday's workout almost didn't happen. My dad was in town. Family always throws things for a loop. ;) We were starved by the time we got lunch (first obstacle) so of course, we gorged ourselves on cheeseburgers, fries, rootbeer, and polished it off with a huge brownie a la mode. I felt so bloated and sluggish afterwards. We walked around Del Mar but all I could think about was a nap. My swim bag was in the truck. My plan was to stop at the pool after dropping my dad off at the airport. By the time I dropped him off, I could barely keep my eyes open, negotiating rush hour traffic as my chin kept dipping to my chest. Mysteriously, the truck automatically drove home instead of the pool. I didn't care. All I could think about was bed. I crawled under the covers and fell into a deep sleep at 4:30. It's a cardinal sin to nap anytime after 3 pm. I didn't care. It felt forbiddenly delicious. I woke up in a dark room at 6:30, groggy, hazy, and grumpy. I staggered downstairs in my red terrycloth bathrobe and flopped miserably onto the sofa. How could I possibly workout now? I felt so groggy! I made myself a cup of Earl Grey tea (British style, with milk and sugar) and contemplated my options as I resuscitated my energy, sip by sip. I thought about how miserable I would feel if I didn't workout. I knew how much better I would feel if I did. What the hell else was I going to do with my time this evening? Sit around and watch crap on t.v.? Pick my nose?

I grabbed Torch and latched him onto the trainer. Popped in a Spinerval DVD and changed into my bike clothes. After a few nauseating moments during the warm-up, I was ready to go. I banged out a great, heart-pounding session on the trainer and followed it up with 30 minutes of weights. I love having a home gym, btw! It's so easy to squeeze weights into my routine. Anyway, I'm proud of myself for getting off the couch and onto the trainer.

9 comments:

Wes said...

I've learned to accept what I am given on that day. It all works out as its supposed to be :-) Well done!!

Colleen said...

Great job of getting it done... and that was probably the best nap ever! I love those kind... (although is there really a bad kind of nap?)

Caratunk Girl said...

Way to fight through the blahs and get on the bike. Awesome!

Christi said...

Great job! There is nothing like getting a good workout done when the last you wanted to do was workout!

crazytigerrabbitman said...
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crazytigerrabbitman said...

I hearz ya. I schedule all my long workouts on Mondays (just what's currently convenient for me schedule-wise) so this also means that I have to deal with that whole overcoming the Monday doledrums to boot, which is hard, I agree. Here is my own take on training (given my unique lifestyle).

http://www.fatandthefurious.wordpress.com

Diana said...

Right now I'm doing some kettlebell workouts that I both hate and love. I hate them because they're the hardest things I've ever done, yet absolutely LOVE the feel after wards!
There's nothing like that feeling of kicking your own arse!
Congrats on your training coming back strong!
Can definitely get the sense of how things are coming together for you!

alba traver said...

Hello! I admire you! How old are you? I've never seen anyone so young to do Ironman!! FINE! KEEP RUNNING!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

You are amazing. I would have watched crap TV! haha

I really need to get a trainer so that doesn't happen to me. It was -12 degrees today, and I had zero motivation. I had to teach a spin class, and that was the only motivation that I had to get to the gym, and i'm glad I went!