Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Falling Behind

I'm going to straight up admit it.  I've been avoiding class.  I'm not totally sure of my motivations, but I think I might just need a rest break. 

For awhile I've been trying to find reasons not to go and conveniently work has become so tiring and labor intensive that I working late and very stressed out.  So I text teacher about an hour before class and let him know I'm not coming. 

As I'm writing this I know part of the problem is that I'm trying to get ready for another race and my ability to focus on multiple things is totally limited.  I've also been gradually becoming self-conscious about my physique - not that I'm gaining weight; although that is an eternal struggle, but the loss of muscle tone.  Ever since I started running in some earnest I haven't had time to go to the gym.  I've been telling myself that the cardiovascular benefits are more important that throwing around weights, but I've spent so many years trying to be low-end body builder and fearing physical aging that I can't let it go easily. 

So I'll go to the gym and run on the treadmill, which doesn't seem to have the same training benefits as road running, and then I can lift some weights.  But three miles is still 30 minutes and then trying to do a workout is going to add all kinds of time I don't have.  A conundrum for me.  So beatings has been left behind because of all this and the dwindling time I have at home with my wife. 

My wife, in addition to a 40 hour plus job, as taken on two board presidencies so her downtime is extremely limited.  We knew it was going to be tough, but the reality is that she's exhausted most of the time and we don't get a lot of time together.  Mostly we talk about the day and then fantasize about our next vacation in December.  Sad.

So I practice my katas (hyungs) and make sure I'm flexible, but that's about it for this month.  After the race I'm going back to less running, on the treadmill, lifting the weights and then back to beatings more regularly.  Or so I'm telling myself.


Anonymous said...

Consider higher reps and intensity. Weight amount gets in the way of MA. Also focus on super sets. I've found that they get me out of the gym faster.

The guy who owns the local superfit told me that you get more out of a 30 minute high intensity workout than you do out of an hour of putzing around.

He's also been trying to sell me on his total body fitness classes. He sees a lot of weight lifters and runners that have over developed certain muscles to the point of imbalance. When they get into his TBF class they can't do half the exercises.

Potatoe Fist said...

I kind of fantasize about the crossfit stuff I see on the web and TV. They look like some ultra fit people. Personally, I've clearly lost a lot of muscle mass. My favorite comment from my wife, "I think you are arms are smaller". Jeeze, doesn't she know that's like calling a girl fat!?

I think I'll be good if I can just squeeze the gym in more regularly. On the upside I ran my 5K faster than I've ever done before - 28:54. I know it's slow in relative terms, but my personal best.

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