Every day this week I have been feeling great. I'm nailing my workouts and hungry for more. My energy levels at work have been fantastic. I even begged DW for some extra workouts on the (fairly conservative) schedule this week. I can't remember when I last felt THIS good.
It makes me wonder how long I had been rundown prior to getting sick. Even in the weeks before I got sick, I was just getting by, going through the motions, with little excess energy or passion for the task. By contrast, this weeks workouts have been full of drive and focus. I just did a 2.5 hour bike ride where I was sprinting off and chasing cars for fun. I noticed several times I had a big grin my face and was full of the unbridled joy that made me fall in love with this sport in the first place. I think I have my mojo back!
I have always been the type of athlete that is pushing the limits. The limits of my body and the limits of my coach's patience. I am stubborn as a mule and fiercely competitive, with everything ("Oh HELL NO, birdie! You did NOT just fly past me!!) When I am just competing the assignment, especially if I am barely completing it, checking the box, and glad it's over, then there is something wrong. I think that is as much of a symptom as swelling in a joint or pain in a tendon. Going forward, I plan to consider my levels of "feisty" a literal gauge of my overall condition and general fatigue.
Needless to say, DW has been very pleased with the workouts that are being uploaded and I expect I will see the bar raised a bit in the next training block. That is fine with me. My progress been stagnant since the first of the year. I am really looking forward to sinking my teeth into the upcoming weeks.
Also, for DW and all his athletes racing in Panama this weekend.... GOOD LUCK!!! I'll shake a tail feather for you!!