Mini-break in Training
The weather is truly gorgeous for Northern Ireland in typical May style.
Ie. This is our 2 week summer happening here and now, what comes after will consist of rain, wind and dreary skies over all of June, July and August! There I said it...may the Gods defy me and prove me wrong. :-)
Why the unplanned break? Well, I've worked-out consistently for the past four weeks since deciding I was re-entering the land of multisport and I've also been doing 12hour shifts at work which have me alternating between day-duty and night-duty. This has taken its toll on my energy levels.
These shifts are different from those I did several years ago. Back then we did not alternate so much between night and day. We did either three/four night shifts in a row and then got back into routine again. Now it feels like my routine is "all over the shop!" (Northern Ireland colloquialism that translates as - my life is somewhat haphazard and disorgansied.")
Hence, I've listened to my body and heeded to it's natural fatigue and allowed myself to recuperate. Will it affect my performance overall? Only time will tell, but I'm not in the least bit worried about it. Today I plan to go for a nice swim before night duty. I will likely incorporate some cycling into the weekend by commuting to work in the lovely weather, and will go for a jog tomorrow morning before I go to bed. I also hope to go for a reasonably long cycle on Sun morning post-night shift and then swim again on monday followed by a weights session. All will be fine!!
I feel slightly guilty and weirdly feel a bit fatter after four days off which, realistically I know, is probably all in my head. If I look back over the past four weeks I definitely have toned up and look more athletic so all the work has not been in vain.
Anyways, sorry for the hiatus in updates on my progress. Wish me luck in the next fortnight in the build-up to the first triathlon I've done in wee while.
Thanks for tuning in.