Ugh. Jet Lag. 40′ L4 plus some junk meters

What day is it?  Oh yeah, Friday.

So, let’s back up.  I got to Tokyo on Wednesday afternoon, and had a very nice dinner with a customer on Wednesday night.  I entertained notions of working out on Thursday morning, but decided to sleep instead.  I headed off to the office at 8am, had a bunch of meetings until about 3 in the afternoon.

At 3,  I headed off to the airport.  I caught a 7 pm flight to LAX.  The flight was flawless.  Left on time, arrived on time, and the food was good.  I even got about 6 hours of sleep.  I arrived at 1:30 Thursday afternoon, five and half hours before I left (I am endlessly fascinated by flying east and getting in before I leave).  At LAX, I grabbed a rental car and drove 3 hours south to San Diego.

I checked into my hotel and made it to a conference call with about 1 minute to spare.  Total travel time from office in Yokohama to Hotel in San Diego… 16 hours.

I went to bed around 9 and slept great.  Until 1:00.  Then I didn’t sleep any more.  Not even a little bit.  I didn’t even doze.  I was WIDE AWAKE.  The time from 1:00 to 5:00 was the longest 4 hours of my life!

At 5, I got up and headed off to Cross Fit Del Mar.  They were accommodating as usual.  I was rowing by 5:30.

The plan was for an 80 minute L4 as 2 40′ chunks.  It all seemed to be going OK until I got about 25 minutes into it.  I was doing my usual 168/172/176/180 routine.  I was in the middle of the 176 and I shifted up to the 20spm section.  It just felt so hard.  It took a long time to recover as I came back down to 18 and then 16 spm.  Then when I did the 180, my HR started blasting off as I shifted up to 18, and it felt very hard.  I stuck to it knowing that I was going finish the forty minutes.

I had some water and decided to just do 168/172/168/172 for the second 40′.  But it was tough even rowing at 16 spm.  I was just out of energy.  I basically just piddled along trying to keep my HR below 155 for 20 minutes and then called it a day.

Oh well.  Chalk it up to travel related fatigue, lack of sleep or whatever.  I’m still glad I went and rowed.