That morning I woke up feeling exhausted. I struggled to get out of bed despite going to bed early (a pattern lately) and missed my window to swim at the Y. Thats ok though... I figured I'd hit the lunchtime lap times at the Y in Providence as I was headed up there that day anyway. So at lunch I dragged myself to the Y. I was a bit hesitant getting in the pool as I always am after a lay off but I went for it anyway and told myself to suck it up. I know once I get back in my pool groove I'll start to like the pool again. So I got in the pool and went about my workout. It started with a 200 Warmup. No big deal. Got through that. I didn't feel great, but I got it in. Then started an 8x50's on 1:15s. Which means I get about 25 seconds rest after each 50 which is great. Plenty of time to recooperate between 50s. I have to say though that I didn't feel great and I was getting cumalitively more tired with each 50. From there it was on to 3x100's done as 75 easy, ten second rest, 25 Sprint, fifteen second rest, and repeat. I made it through that set and got out of the pool. I was done. Exhausted. I simply ran out of energy. I bonked for no reason. I had plenty of calories in my body but I just didn't have any energy left. I was confused and angry and annoyed but I got out of the pool and decided I'd just have to swim better the next day.
That night when the girl got home from work we talked about my swim workout. And then the conversation broadened. The girl suggested that two weeks wasn't enough time off of the cumulative effect of the goofy challenge starting up right after a very busy tri season that started right after the DC marathon. Looking back I realized I never took any time off last year into this year. So maybe she was right? She suggested I had many of the symptoms of overtraining. So we went online and looked those up. According to Wikipedia they are...
- Persistent muscle soreness (Delayed onset muscle soreness)
- Persistent fatigue
- Elevated resting heart rate
- Reduced heart rate variability
- Increased susceptibility to infections
- Increased incidence of injuries
- Mental breakdown