Thursday, September 13, 2012

I NEVER Skip A Workout and Yet Today I Did

As the title says, I don't skip workouts. I really don't.  I have a ridiculously strong work out ethic sometimes to my detriment.  But today..........I skipped a workout and planned it last night.  I had my swim bag all packed and suddenly decided I wasn't going to do it.  But I was not a slacker, I got up in the dark of the morning to run.  I just didn't do a double.

This was my first full week back at school and fitting in 9 workouts is tough.  But, I am not a slacker. I am still doing 8 workouts when I miss one.  I had a graduate level course tonight and fitting in one more thing was going to be very hard.  Impossible no but not really reasonable.  But I still feel guilty. Well, I did. I seem to be getting rid of it with each passing second.

Originally I was going to swim this morning and fit in this morning's run somewhere else. That was the problem.  I could run Saturday morning but I plan to bike. I plan to go on a long bike ride. I plan to go on a long bike ride with some very fast friends.  So it didn't make sense to get up extra early to squeeze in a run and not be fresh when I went on the bike ride.

I could have run this morning and gone swimming tomorrow morning but that would mean I had no day completely off this week.  Nope.  I get tired and then I get grumpy.

I have really only missed workouts in the past when I have had surgery or I am taking time off after a marathon.  Sometimes I make up a missed workout the next week.  This time I am NOT going to let myself do that.  I will only do one swim this week and that is okay. I may do only one swim each week all of September. I have no more triathlons coming up for months. :(  I had already told myself I was going to just relax and enjoy swimming in the pool this month before I tried to make some improvements.  I had also decided my main goal this fall was going to be biking.  I wanted one weekend day for long rides.  And nothing else.  It is hard to make this happen even with only one swim.  I am still doing 4 runs and 3 bikes a week.  But I don't want to drop those.  Biking will end when I can't stand the cold but that is a ways off and I am going to sign up for a duathlon!  I can't have no races to look forward to.

So yesterday when I made this decision I was totally obsessing over it.  (Doing a lot of that lately.) But now I am okay with it.  One of my plans had been to run after my graduate class tonight.  Does that sound sane?  Get up at 5, swim, work all day, go to my course, run at 7:00 when it ends and then go home??? Crazy that I even considered this.  Completely unplanned 5 of us from my school taking the course went to a local establishment and had one drink to relax before heading home.   Much better plan!

Okay.  I have talked that all out and now I can enjoy my weekend with one bike ride and one run!
From a fall bike ride two years ago.  Not much color
yet this year.




14 comments:

Kate said...

You are AMAZING. I can't believe all the workouts you fit in! And I didn't realize you were taking a class, too!

My not so long ride last Sunday was tough. I haven't spent nearly enough time on a bike this month! Well, in the past month. I'm going to try and get out Sunday morning before we do Kids Survivor, but Jeff will probably be freaking out and need help.

I think your plan for the fall sounds great...but I dont' think I could do it. Like I said...you're pretty much my hero.

Jill said...

Sometimes life gets in the way, that's .... life! Don't stress about it, I know you and I know you'll bounce back and kill the next workout - that's how you roll!

As you know, I love your fall Vermont pics - the colors just awe me. Can't wait to see tons more :).

Ah Ah Alaska said...

I'm amazed that you got in one work out, let alone had two (two!) planned. Whoa, that's impressive. A drink with friends sounds so much better. I keep telling myself I'm going to start double work outs next week, and then next week comes and I say, next week...
P.S. Come up to Alaska and run trails next summer!

Johann said...

I'm also very dedicated with my workouts and never skip anything. I do have life interfering from time to time but I just carry on the next day as if nothing happened. I never try to catch up and take it as extra rest. Have a super weekend!

Michael said...

I think sometimes it just feels awesome to skip a workout! We certainly can't make it a habit, but it can be a little "freeing" realizing that you are in control, not the workouts!

Jamoosh said...

Nobody ever said us runners, weren't crazy...

Darlene said...

I skipped almost ALL my runs this week - 10 workouts...you are amazing!

Amy said...

Andrea, you are SO not a slacker - you are one of the most dedicated people I know!

Giorgio said...

Great workout! I look forward to watching your fall Vermont photos!
Have a nice weekend!

Mike said...

Wow, you are doing a great job fitting in all those workouts! I seem to have lost my swimming and biking mojo so I'm going to focus on running for a little while.

Char said...

No guilt needed. You get PLENTY of exercise. But I understand - when I've planned a workout, I feel bad if I don't get it done.

Kepa Wong said...

Haha... I know what you mean about missing workouts. I used to be that way too. I would also get grumpy about it. You are strong. That missed workout won't even make a dent.

Liz said...

You definitely should NOT feel guilty - your weekly schedule is very impressive!

Fran said...

Don't you ever use the word slacker again for yourself. 9 workouts a week is awesome, 8 workouts a week is awesome too.

Sometimes it's okay to skip a workout and especially for someone who is so dedicated as you are.