The difficulties of training, eating, & sleeping

I’ve really noticed a struggle the past couple of weeks (and the upcoming week) to exercise right, eat right, and sleep right.  It has nothing to do with motivation, desire, or planning and everything to do with the sometimes physical impossibilities of doing so because of LIFE.  Air travel has consumed my last two rest/recovery days making it seem like I didn’t even rest.  When forced to eat at restaurant for every single meal and sometimes at odd hours, my balanced and clean eating rituals are severely challenged.  I’m not one who can forego calories and I won’t allow myself to eat unhealthily so I have to resort to some really odd eating routines.  As I mentioned earlier, my sleep has been compromised.  Leaving the house/hotel at 4:00 a.m for flights makes for a short night.  Combine that with the customary late dinners associated with meeting gatherings and the few minutes I have to spend with my family and take care of “business” at home, and I’ve been left with a drastic shortage in sleep.  It’s affecting my workouts too, as I can visibly notice the performance degradations from simply not having the energy to which I’m accustomed. 

Today was one of the few days the past week and a half that I’ve actually been home to workout, but I was short on sleep.  I didn’t arrive back home from my 4 hour drive from western Kentucky until almost dinner time.  It was my anniversary and I also had to start getting ready for my next trip tomorrow.  After carving out the time for my wonderful wife, it was 9:30  (about an hour past my bedtime) and I was already several hours behind on sleep.  Needless to say, when my feet hit the ground at 4:25 a.m. this morning I was SLEEPY.  Fortunately, Shaun T’s Insanity has a way of waking you up quickly.  55 minutes of max interval plyo would normally have been the end of it, but mentally I need more.  I stepped out the door at 5:30 to run some hills and was met with humidity and a spider web across my face.  I was already sweaty and sticky and the spider web just made it worse.  I picked it off of me and started the first of my 5 30-second hill sprints, with a cool-down walk back down the hill.  It’s funny that the sprints were fine for about the first 15 seconds, but then time seemed to slow as my heart rate and temperature sky-rocketed.  I’m really hoping that it won’t be this humid the day of the Beast.  In fact, I hope it’s about 60 degrees on that mountain.  I probably shouldn’t have said that because now there will be a record heat wave that weekend.

My goal is to be in bed early tonight (by 8:15) and get one good workout and one more good healthy breakfast before I start the travel thing again….I don’t mind travelling and speaking on occasion, but there have been too many trips right in a row and during a time where I really need to fine tune my workouts and nutrition.  Instead, I’m desperately stringing different workouts together and searching the world over for the right meals…oh, and trying to squeeze in enough sleep.  Please, please, please, please let there be places in Oxford to eat lean proteins, lots of vegetables, and foods that aren’t filled with refined wheat and sugar!

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