The question that I keep coming back to is when is it right to say "I'm tired. It is better to rest than get this workout done" and when do I say "Suck it up Princess! You are always tired and you've got to get used to it sometime!"
I blogged about my bendy nap taking the place of a workout the other day. Monday, which is a day off from work, I literally slept half the day. I was totally exhausted so my swim lesson, which was more intense than usual, was the only workout that day. The problem is that I am barreling down to the end of the week, the busiest part and I am a full day behind in my workouts and operating on 3 1/2 hours of sleep for today. I already replaced my day off with Monday's bike intervals. I will get today's workout done today and tomorrow's done tomorrow if I am disciplined. Time will be short and sleep will be shorter. I could, conceivably, hit the pool after I work tonight before I drive home. The concern though is that I will dig myself into another hole, sleep and energy-wise.
Sunday night, I leave for a 2000 mi drive that needs to be completed in two and a half days. I will be the only driver and I will be towing a trailer for 1200 miles of it. This is going to be exhausting. DW has kindly given me three days off, and is allowing me to just get whatever exercise I can along the way.
I understand that one workout will not make or break my program, but it seems like every week I am making allowances, making changes, etc. If I continue to be in the habit of not being in the habit, of not pushing through when it is harder, I won't have the fortitude to get the job done when it does matter. When the intensity is dialed up and missing or rearranging workouts changes the effect they have within the program. AND... if I don't get the consistency, I may never get fit enough for it to matter. Then all of this is wasted effort, even if it is fun. I may as well just do 30-45 mins of cardio and call it a day.