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Like an overworked dough

The last 48 hours or so have been pretty busy for me. In preparation for the dinner party I was having at my place I had to do a pretty good job cleaning my place. That job spanned Friday and Saturday. And today I had a run in the morning, followed by bread class in the afternoon. Class was especially draining today because we were working with a high hydration dough that was sensitive to over-mixing when using the machine. As a result, we had to knead the suckers by hand. Since it was a wet dough kneading wasn’t an option at the beginning. We really had to kind of pick it up and slam the dough back on the table. Class was quite fascinating to listen to: talk talk talk SLAM talk talk SLAM talk SLAM. All of that slamming of the dough on the table really drained us all. By the end of the class I felt zonked out. From there I visited the parents just to drop off some of the bread, but right after dinner I couldn’t help but just nap on their couch. I had nothing left in the tank.

So, no, I still haven’t learned my lesson. I wrote about these same conditions a few weeks ago. Maybe I should bring coffee into class, or something with a fairly high carb content. I speculated about it before but I haven’t implemented anything yet. All of this is only going to get way tougher once my running distances start increasing. Ah hell, and just think about CrossFit that I have to squeeze in on Monday along with improv practice. I’m overworking myself entirely, like a dough with over-developed gluten.


Knockout combo

It’s about 5:30 in the morning, which means that I’ve been asleep for about 11.5 hours. Yesterday, as soon as I got home from my parents’ place I just plopped down on my bed and passed out. I really only had two activities. In the morning I had my run, and in the afternoon I had my bread class. Both are really draining but manageable on their own. What I didn’t anticipate was the effect that both would have put together. So yes, I fell asleep at 6, woke up briefly at 2 a.m. to turn off the lamp besides my bed, and now here I am feeling like I missed something important. I think next time I have to work on keeping my energy levels up…or perhaps rely on stimulants. I can’t afford to lose 1/8 of the weekend like this, you know what I mean? Argh.

Small sliver of time

Hahahah. Oh dear.

Yes, I did manage a new personal record, but it’s not by as wide a margin as I wanted. In fact, I beat my old time by a small sliver of about 33 seconds. Oh, not that I’m complaining–just stating.

Anyway, I do plan on writing all about it, but not tonight. I’m far too sleepy/fatigued/zonked out to get a lot of coherent stuff out. Let’s just put it this way: I can afford to sleep well enough tonight.


Couch is not a bed

The couch is not a bed.

The couch is not a bed.

The couch is not a bed.

The couch is not a bed.

If I keep saying that, I’ll stop sleeping here. Seriously.

Bit of wanderlust

I’ve been out of school for a long time; it’s been five years now as a matter of fact. All the same, I think that I’m sort of experiencing the same kind of summer lull that I would have experienced way back when. There’s a bit of laziness and a desire for inertia that’s battling the parts of me that wants to stay busy. And those of you that know me well know that the busy part of me has a rather strong voice. That voice is why I occupy myself with many activities and why I work hard to excel in each one (success is a different matter). So the whole fatigue thing must be pretty strong if I’m feeling it acutely.

I wonder, how much of the desire is due to burn out? How much of it is due to the season? I characteristically prefer fall and winter over these hot months, but lately I’ve rather enjoyed seeing the sun and feeling the heat on my skin. I almost want to just take a day off and head for the Toronto Islands just to lounge around. It’s odd! I want to just get away for a while. I want to take a road trip–even if it’s just a day trip. Wanderlust? Is that what this is? I’m not necessarily wanting to go far away…I think I just need new stimuli. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy routine, and I like having that bit of stability. Still, there’s a need that’s not being addressed.

I’ll figure this all out. Just need some time…away…preferably…

Out like a light

Lately, as soon as I’ve hit my bed and turned on the pillar fan I’ve been out like a light. Doesn’t matter if the lights are on, or if I’m still in my running gear. Doesn’t matter if my wallet is digging into my back, or if there are computer cables pressing into my skin. There could be a lightning storm going on and I wouldn’t notice. I might be lying on my watch for all I know. My computer could be playing music but it wouldn’t keep mw awake especially with the white noise hum of the fan lying on top of it all. I don’t think the bed is the key. If I ever find myself horizontal on the coach I’ll end up passed out until 3 or 4 in the morning. All of this points to one key thing: I’m so very tired.

Giving up resistance

Maybe it’s a factor of getting back into the hill training phase of my running clinic. Or maybe it’s just that everything I’m doing is starting to catch up to me. Whatever the case, I’m starting to feel somewhat fatigued. Nothing serious, but I need to rest more. Either that or I need to eat more. HAH! Yeah, that’s not it. I need to be cautious. I don’t want to be hurtling down the path toward burn out. That’s not a pleasant place to be, especially when there’s a lot that needs to be accomplished. What about taking vacation? I certainly wouldn’t be against it, but if I’m not doing anything meaningful what’s the point? I’m not sure what to do. I’ve been in this position many times in the past, and each time I’ve been able to plow right through. At some point though I’m going to end up throwing my hands up and giving up resistance. It’s not sustainable, you know?

Off-balance energy

No, I’m not sore. However, after today’s race I feel completely wrecked. It’s the feeling where I expended far too much energy in comparison to the amount I put in. I’m happy, but I’m in recovery mode for the next little while. I’ll write more about the race in the next post. I’m just….really exhausted.

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