Busy. Always busy. This is something I think everyone has to struggle with, how to accomplish all of the goals you set forth for yourself through the week and beyond. This week was a tough one for me. I seem to lose momentum on the weekends, as Saturdays are generally reserved for taking care of the boys while Meghan gets a day to sleep in and then run afternoon errands. I plan on running my long-slow-distance on Sundays, but that rarely comes to be. It has been my day to sleep in then cook an afternoon brunch of waffles, pancakes, Eggs Benedict or other terribly satisfying and lethargy-inducing food. It was waffles today.
Monday's weight-lifting workout did happen, but it was in the early evening rather than mid-afternoon as planned. We had a potential issue at work that needed investigating, one that I thought had a higher priority than it actually proved to be. I managed to eek in the workout before heading over to my friend's house for late night Cribbage game and a little Scotch. Yes, "Dad's Night Out" can be quite rewarding!
Tuesday, I missed my afternoon run with the gang on account of busy! This one was perhaps my fault. I scheduled a production release of software before lunch, which can sometimes run long for unforeseen issues. I should know better. Lunch didn't happen until 14:30 CST, just two hours before I had to leave to bring Connor to swimming lessons. I was going to leave at 15:30 to get my workout in, but had another deadline to meet by the end of the business day. I didn't get out until 16:30 anyway. My boss' comment, "Make time for yourself. Plan to be gone and people will adjust around your schedule." Lovely! I immediately blocked off an hour and a half for lunches every day.
Wednesday, I made it for my swimming workout! Wahoo! It seems that I am effective in applying the "Total Immersion" principles to my swimming. I spent a lot of time focusing on form and keeping my head down, as if I were trying to hold an orange between my chin and my chest. I aimed deliberately for arm re-entry and tried to remain balanced in the water. I did falter a bit when I got tired and sub-luxed my left shoulder (a half-dislocation), and I'm still feeling the after-affects today. I may have over-worked my shoulders on Monday's lifting workout, and the moment I lost my concentration was when it happened. I just need to remember that with good form, I prevent injuries, my efficiency improves, and I swim better. The results showed this: two 400 meter legs with only a five minute break between them. My goal is 1600 meters, 64 laps, in an hour -- no stopping.
Thursday was a nice run with our afternoon "club". We ran West along the river and back again. The pace felt a little fast for me for some reason, I think perhaps because I didn't have a good breakfast at all and had coffee all morning. I really need to eat healthier throughout the day if I want to get the most benefit out of these workouts. It's early in the season, so I can afford to make these little mistakes and adjust accordingly.
Friday was a loss on account of busy. This time it was a company lunch! I knew ahead of time, though, and should have adjusted my workout to the morning. Failing to do so meant lost potential and momentum.
You of course know what happened Saturday, my rest day, and today: waffles. So, what dos this tell me about the upcoming week? Plan effectively, eat healthy morning meals, and remember that form is everything. Oh, and waffles are REALLY tasty!