Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sleep is important

Worked a 16 hour day Monday (into Tue) and got about 3.5 hours of sleep before I had to do some more work. Tue is my day to leave work early to drop my daughter off at gymnastics. I considered canning the run due to the sleep deprivation issue, but felt this was a key workout so I did it. I also figured I would feel worse than this after a 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bile ride. Finished the first half of the 13.1 mile run in 1:06 and almost even split the second half at 1:07. I knew it was not going to be a great run going into it, but like I said I felt it was a key workout.

Workouts missed this week - max deadlifts and Fran. Hope to get swim and CF circuit in today (had a decent night's sleep last night, but it's going to take me a few to fully recover). Tomorrow's workout is iffy. If I get to bed at a reasonable hour I will do it in the morning, otherwise it will not happen. We party after work every April 15th and who am I to buck tradition.

Another tradition is that I don't work on April 16th - ever. I hope to get a good night's sleep and then BANG! do a couple of awesome workouts.

Overall this was a very successful tax season as far as training goes. I probably did a few sessions at inappropriate times as sleep may have been a better idea from the overall health and fitness perspective, but I find that if I give myself permission to miss a session, it is that much easier to do it again.

We are fortunate in that we stay busy pretty much year round, but it is no where as crazy as the period between Jan 15th and April 15th. I am very much looking forward to the post tax season training as I will be more rested, focused and training at more appropriate times.


  1. Martin, good job! Sometimes we take for granted the "recovery part" (sleep) and then when you see the numbers on the WOD you realize how important is to Recovery, Nutrition and Training in balance. Keep training!

  2. So happy for you that tomorrow is the finale of your crazy training schedule! Congrats for getting through it! - you are one tough cookie! and good job on the 1/2. That's a respectable time and negative split!

  3. Thank you for your kind words. Unfortunately it was not a negative split, but I'm happy it was not too far from even. I tried to negative split it, but the last two miles were a real struggle both mentally and physically.

    Reading yours and the others blogs and the words of encouragement that are posted to my blog are what kept me going.