So you think you’re tired?

Thursday – 40min bike, 50min swim

Two blogs in one day? I’m either feeding you, or irritating you – either way i’m afraid you’re going to have to deal with it.

I arrived at the pool today with this mentality: uggh – I woke up at 7:30 today, it is Thursday and my last ‘rest day’ was Friday, my body is tired because it is being asked to use muscles it didn’t know it had, and bleurgh. My first few laps were slow and crawling, and at one point, I decided that maybe I would just do half an hour.

Then, I started the 200m repeats section of the day. As I reached the end of lap 8, I was spluttering and guttering and feeling horrible. Then, I remembered how sometimes when i’m running, certain distances seem really far, until i’ve forced myself to do more – then they become easy. Six miles seemed hard til I did seven, seven seemed hard til I did 8, and so on. I though ‘hey, why not just try a to get to ten’. So, I did. Actually, I did 12. Next time, I thought – ‘well, that was 300m, can I do 400?’ So I did. After that, 500m just sounded like such a pretty number, I couldn’t resist 20 continuous laps.

Now, maybe i’ve performed this before, without realising or counting, but this was deffinately the first time I have ever put my head down, and swum for 20metres without stopping, whilst really thinking about breathing right. And this was the day I thought I was ‘so tired I could hardly do 200m’.

After that, I was so energised I did 6x50metre, 3x100metre, and some more 200’s. Not bad for someone who thought she was exhausted.

What i’m trying to point out, is that tiredness is pretty much 87% psychological. I thought 200m was hard, because i’d never done more; having done 500m, it seems a breeze. Futhermore, any feelings of tiredness I had before my swim have not been increased, as the thinking brain might tell me, but have been replaced with energetic vibes. What i’m saying, is that sometimes it is best to completely ignore the things you allow your conscious brain to tell you, and throw self analysis out the window. If something is too much, your body will tell you, otherwsie, it’s probably fine.

So, if you’re getting the bus home, and feeling a little sleepy, get off a stop early and walk. It won’t make you more tired, it’ll probably wake you up. If you’re writing an essay (this goes out to the students!) or revising, and feel your eyelids drooping, run up the stairs a few times or put some music on and have a dance (check the curtains are closed, first). If you were going to walk to the shop, why not jog? We spend too many hours, days, weeks, wondering around in zombie like states, because we allow ourselves to believe we are tired. Humans have a much larger capactiy for activity than most Western people believe, so use what you’ve got!

Published by michellearthurs

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

3 thoughts on “So you think you’re tired?

  1. Well, you do hear of non-weightlifting women giving birth very prematurely without knowing they're pregnant… uncommon, but not impossible. Leaving the baby at the hospital is another matter…

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