When someone tells me this I instantly want to ask them (in an acusatory, asshole-esque way) "WHY?". Almost every reason someone can come up with for being tired is self-imposed. And the truth of the matter is that even when sleep is a priority, everything we do has an impact on when we feel tired.
I am writing this today because today I feel really tired. I can't blame sleep, because I sleep at least 7 hours a night, but what I do notice is that my body is just beat. For me, being tired is much more than just feeling like I need to take a nap, it is my entire body telling me to stop.
Endurance sports require - you got it - endurance. The ability to keep going when the body wants to give up. But how much is too much? This is probably the thing my mom hassles me about the most. At some point, you just have to give it a rest. And I don't mean taking a rest day, or even two. I mean a solid couple weeks of backing off and letting your body recharge.
I am so ready for a break.
But where I live, in Boulder, working out twice a day is normal. Training for marathons is normal. Training for 100 mile races, dare I say, is somewhat common. People are outside riding their bikes, running, swimming and doing anything else you can imagine at all times during the day. It seems like 90% of the population here are professional athletes. Like, people get PAID to work out all day. So these are the people who I expect to have the endurance and the energy to keep up the strenuous pace. And then there are the rest of us, mere mortals who have to go to work every day. I am just a pedestrian in the land of chiseled athletes. I am not the person that is going to win. I can't even consider smelling the podium. I am just a regular person doing the best I can.
And sometimes doing the best I can makes me tired. And is it worth it? I don't know. I feel different training for my upcoming marathon. Is it weird to say that I feel "seasoned"? I mean, at this point, I know I can do it. I can get through the miles. But the difference is, this time I feel like I am doing it quietly. I don't feel like I need to tell people what I am doing, or that I need to look up all sorts of research about people's experiences. This time I have my own experience to work from.
Is that confidence? I don't know, I still feel pretty damn nervous. And that 10k swim, nervous for that too.
To be perfectly honest, I am most nervous about my XTERRA triathlon on Saturday. This is what the course looks like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpfompmb8LY
I might get last.
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