Ever have one of those days where things are just blah? It was a beautiful sunshiney day yesterday, pretty nice weather for a fall day in Boston. And yet I was just completely in the dumps. The run went great on Sunday, and Rach and I had a really fun Sunday evening. But I woke up yesterday just totally bummed out.
I also noticed my sense of humor has been MIA from my posts for quite a while as well. I spent some time thinking about it last night before sleep, and this morning before I got myself going. I think there are some obvious reasons behind it.
- I am affected by the turning of the seasons. Sorta like a tree losing it’s leaves or a dog growing in it’s winter coat. Well, ok more like the dog I guess, because thankfully I’m not losing any hair up top, and shaving these days almost requires a chisel. When did my beard get the texture of brambles?
- The lack of true off-season training. While the road races help keep me motivated to run, the broken spoke on the Fuji is keeping me off the road bike. I can’t even tell you the last time I swam. I have the mountain bike, but it gets dark so fast now, I barely have any time to ride it on weekdays unless I get up at the crack of dawn. And lately, that just ain’t been happening. Rachelle has a plan, and we’ve done some of it, but not regularly, and not enough.
- Triathlons seem really far away right now, and that’s anything but true. Last year, we started training just a bit more than 8 months out from the race, and I was barely able to finish in the time allowed. Our first big race this year is 2 1/2 months sooner, so 8 1/2 months out is… well, any time now. Yes, we have the base of fitness from last year, and I think we’ve been doing just enough to maintain most of that, but we need to start doing more pretty soon.
- I’m not sleeping enough. I was doing well for a while, going to bed early and getting up early, but lately that simply hasn’t been happening. I’m going to try to adjust my sleep schedule to take advantage of the end of daylight savings time when it hits so that I can take advantage of more morning sunlight for running and riding.
I guess it could be worse, I could be Randy Quaid.