I choose to focus on my career.
It is very important to me to continue to exercise. I have found that having training goals and identifying competitions to test myself is the best way to stay motivated about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but when I step back and look at priorities, there is no question where I need to put my energy. I love my job and there are a lot of people that count on me to do it well.
At the same time, it makes no sense to focus on career to the exclusion of everything else. I am better able to focus and I am more productive if I maintain a regular training schedule. I think (with only circumstantial evidence) that being in good shape means that I can handle punishing travel schedules better. And frankly, I am a more pleasant person to be around if I have had a tough workout sometime in the past 24 hours.
That whole soliloquy was motivated by the fact that I missed two days of training. I did a nice L4 on Sunday, then flew out to California very early Monday, and had very early meetings on Tuesday. I managed to work out this morning, but part of me feels like I’m slacking off.
Anyway, onto the details
Sunday – 24 Feb – 3 x 20′ / 2′ L4 on slides
I looooved this session. I love rowing on slides.
Remarkably, this was exactly the same stroke sequence as Saturday and the Heart rate was a lot lower and it felt a lot easier. Here’s Saturday’s HR pie.
Workout Summary - media/20190224-1920360o.csv --|Total|-Total-|--Avg--|-Avg-|Avg-|-Avg-|-Max-|-Avg --|Dist-|-Time--|-Pace--|-Pwr-|SPM-|-HR--|-HR--|-DPS --|15402|65:59.0|02:08.6|169.0|19.2|137.2|158.0|12.1 W-|14366|59:49.0|02:04.9|179.1|19.2|137.9|157.0|12.5 R-|01041|06:00.0|02:52.9|072.1|19.0|130.0|157.0|11.1 Workout Details #-|SDist|-Split-|-SPace-|-Pwr-|SPM-|AvgHR|MaxHR|DPS- 00|02394|10:00.0|02:05.3|173.9|18.9|122.1|133.0|12.7 01|02390|10:00.0|02:05.5|177.3|19.0|133.2|137.0|12.5 02|02388|10:00.0|02:05.6|176.7|18.8|134.9|145.0|12.7 03|02363|09:49.5|02:04.8|180.5|19.4|147.3|154.0|12.4 04|02409|10:00.0|02:04.5|181.3|19.4|143.0|153.0|12.4 05|02422|10:00.0|02:03.8|184.8|19.9|147.2|157.0|12.2
Monday – 25 Feb – No training
Caught a 6:50 am flight to San Francisco, so I was up at 4:30. After arriving, I went straight into meetings that continued to 7pm. I was not in the mood to train after that, I went to bed by 9.
Tuesday – 26 Feb – No Training
I was staying down in San Jose, but I had an 8am appointment up in San Francisco, so I needed to be on the road by 6:15am to be sure to get there with the local traffic. I made it with time to spare. That lasted until around 1pm, then I drove back down to our offices in San Jose and worked until around 7pm. Again, I was not very motivated to train by then. I was asleep by 10.
Wednesday – 27 Feb – 30 minutes inclined march / 30 minutes recumbent bike
In the fitness center at the Doubletree. Totally not motivated, but I dragged my ass to the gym. HR was unnaturally high during the march. The bike was easier.
Tomorrow – I have meeting starting at 6am local time. I am hoping to get to the gym for a short workout. I fly home tomorrow afternoon.