Monday, October 18, 2010

Energizer Battery anyone???

I am sleepy, sleepy, sleepy. Haven't felt this tired since becoming a new parent. I was tired when I woke up this morning but put it down to waking up at 5am for my pre-dawn run. Which I am pleased to say I completed a new distance for me - 5km. But I was still so very tired. The fatigue is ridiculous - my eyes are burning like I haven't sleep in I don't know how long. Didn't know how I completed it really.

I am also struggling a bit lung wise, as after this run I was coughing for about 10 minutes post run. Not sure if it was the cold air - which is was quite chilly this morning or my exercise induced asthma playing funny buggers again. Will have to keep an eye on this cause if it continues may need to go back on my preventer.

This fatigue I am feeling is really unnerving and I wasn't quite sure how I would pull out a 3.6km swim. And the fact is I didn't. I got to the 2km mark and my arms just did not have anything more to give. It was like watching a steam train run out of fuel. The plumes of smoke which were initially nice, strong and consistent were now fading to intermittent little puffs until finally - nothing. I thought I would atleast try to squeeze in a 500m kick with fins but I started cramping too. So the only thing I could do was get out. Not my desired outcome at all, but I had nothing left to give.

On the way home I rang my coach and told her what was going on and the first thing she said was "I am glad you didn't keep going". I was instructed to go home, have something substantial to eat and try to get a nap. Which is what I did. But I must say I still don't feel crash hot. I am still super drowsy and after enduring 30 minutes of physio this afternoon I am also sore. Coach also said that if I wake up in the morning still fatigued to give tomorrow a miss as well. There is no point pushing myself too far or I will just end up caving in and not reaching my goal.

Good thing that happened today though was that I got my bike fitted for some TT bars.
Will hopefully have this baby paid off next week and I can start practising with them. I will also be getting a different bike post as my saddle needs to come closer.

Hopefully this tiredness will settle or I will just get used to it.

Your hard work will be rewarded.

"The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way, and may go in more than one direction, it is travelled by belief and courage and conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances" Barbara Cage