July 23, 2015
Many have asked me why I have stopped training for Triathlon. It’s a question I have also asked myself, but the answer, when I think about it, is obvious.
In the last six weeks, I have gone for 1 swim and 1 run. That’s it.
As I watch all my sporting friends around me, jump straight back into training after the Ironman, I wonder why it is, that I haven’t done the same.
Although I only trained for the swim leg, I dedicated myself to training to give myself and my team the best chance. It involved waking up, at 5 am 3 times a week for almost 8 months.
I always threw in the odd cycle and the odd run throughout the week, to assist with my base level of fitness.
The training quickly became a pleasurable habit. I would just wake up, and go, without even thinking about it. My body changed. It became stronger. All of my aches and pains had disappeared.
When the big races were all over, I had the unfathomable chance to ‘sleep in’, an opportunity I was not going to miss. However, one week turned into two and here I am today, having all but stopped completely.
A combination of everyday life events had an influence on my decision to take a break. What I noticed however, is that once the so called addiction of training dissipated, it never came back.
I just couldn’t get back into it mentally, however I am noticing the decline in my health as a result.
Ceasing exercise resulted in a return of my chronic lower back stiffness, my overall stiffness in my body post sleep, decreased energy levels, lowered appetite, decreased muscle strength resulting in posture issues, lowered mood, and a markedly decreased concentration span.
THE BIGGEST CONSEQUENCE OF CEASING TRAINING?
The worst consequence of all, for me, has been the mental battle to get started again….BECAUSE;
The longer you stop, the less you want to do it.
The more consistently you train, the MORE you WANT to do it.
Accordingly, it would be fair to say that the ‘level of one’s desire to exercise’ is directly proportional to the amount you actually do.
Clearly, I needed the rest, however I am looking forward to beginnning my road back to fitness, as I have now realised the health benefits to me on a personal level, and finally felt first hand what happens to me when I stop.
Let’s see how we go, one stroke/pedal/step ….at a time.
It’s going to be a long road, but I’m up for the challenge!