Determination vs Sensibility

There seem to be two conflicting opinions in the world of tri. Or, in fact, in the world of any sport. The first is that those who succeed are the doggedly determined, the ones that train through cold and storm and exhaustion and never give up. The second is that you should always listen to your body, always stop when tiredness creeps up ‘lest it be too late’ and you slump into a heap of chronic fatigue and loss of motivation.

Well, which is it to be? Or does the tiredness need to rated on some sort of scale? The ‘How Hard Can You Push It Todayyyy’ scale maybe.

I find when I experience bouts of exhaustion, they seem to be relieved by pumping up my heart rate and training through it, rest just makes me want to drift into a comatose world of sleep and peanut butter. I’ve felt tired before, and I’ve felt a loss of motivation, but eventually, I find, it seems to pass. I suppose there is a line between loss of mojo and serious over-work and thankfully I’ve yet to cross it.

I suppose, the smartest thing to do is never let these bouts of exhaustion even enter the picture, best to regulate training and ensure it’s never an issue.

I suppose, this is the purpose of the 4week training cycle. Which is what has brought me to this topic, in that, this week is meant to be my ‘easy’ week. So far, however, it looks exactly the same as every other week. And I’m still undecided as to whether this is ‘ok’, or if I should slow it down. Answers on a postcard.
(but only if you’re going to say the right thing.)

I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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