Saturday, June 23, 2012

Getting back to exercise is harder than starting in the first place

Or at least that's the way it seems to me.

When I first started out, I had no expectations. At first it was hard to workout as much as I should have but once I signed up for the triathlon, I really had to or risk making a total fool of myself. And once I got in the habit of it and had rearranged my  life around working out, missing a day here and there was no big deal. My schedule pulled me right back in.

I'm in a different place now. First, I can't sign up for a race because I have no idea if I can be ready for it and also I want to proceed at the rate my body dictates and not force things.

But also my workout times have all been filled in with other activities. So I'm back where I was when I had no habit to exercise.

On top of that, I do have expectations. Going to the gym to swim for 20 minutes (about all I can manage right  now) seems pointless compared to what I have been doing. I tell  other people to "start where you are and build up" but  I'm having trouble taking that advice myself. I don't want to start where I am but start where I was.

In the meantime, I still have relapses that keep me from working out. Last Friday I went to the SVTC Happy Hour and the next day I developed a headache again. Maybe it was from the alcohol or maybe it was the noise or maybe it was the heat and not drinking enough fluid that day. Or maybe it was all three. But I've had a low-grade headache pretty much every day since then. I even took some Advil at some point and I haven't had to do that for weeks.

Coming back from this head thing is going to be a slow hard road, isn't it? At least I was able to keep myself from signing up for Ironman Tahoe!
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