Monday, January 27, 2020

Greetings from my deathbed...

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Greetings from my deathb... er, I mean sickbed (whoever said blokes can't handle being ill, eh?).

Recently, I've been reading a book recommended by Kim Ingleby titled "10-Minute Toughness".  I'm paraphrasing, but one of the many sound recommendations in the book is to make public your goals and aspirations - to give yourself an added incentive to make those goals a reality.

Which makes me wonder if the same is true for confessions and resolutions?  Assuming the answer is 'yes' then I have two to make public today.

The first is that I am ill and need rest.  That perhaps sounds like a strange 'confession' but I think as amateur athletes, we're often guilty of not recognising when we are too tired or not physically well enough to train (I wrote a blog about this before, looking at signs of fatigue). Although I started to feel ill on Friday last week, I refused to accept it and instead chose to believe that I could train through it.  The result, in this instance, has probably been that I've prolonged the illness and have now gotten to the point where I've taken my first sick day from work in well over a year.

And so my resolution is that I WILL NOT train for the next 24 hours.  I will accept that bed rest and medication are my best friends right now - however desperate I may be to rack up the training hours ahead of my first big race of 2011. You have permission to shoot me if you see any tweets about running, cycling or swimming between now and lunchtime tomorrow.

The second confession may well be linked to the first - and that is that I've fallen off the wagon in terms of my diet.  I'm not talking any kind of crash diet here, but whereas I had been good at watching my intake of saturated fats, processed carbs and alike, this caution has fallen by the wayside in recent months.  This culminated in the trip to the US last week which saw me eating burgers, steaks and other foods I would normally only have as 'treats'. I wouldn't be surprised if this influx of 'bad' foods has contributed to a weakened immune system. It certainly hasn't helped my weight - which after last week's trip has 'shot up' to 70kgs from 68.5kgs.

So resolution #2 is to get 'good' at eating again - to think more about what I'm eating on a daily basis and ensure that, while I eat enough calories to train and recover efficiently, I don't overload my system with foodstuffs that it neither needs nor can it digest properly.

Having made public my confessions, hopefully it will make it easier to keep to my resolutions!  And hopefully this illness will shift in the next 24 hours and normal working life and training will resume.

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Matt Fisher runs TriathletesDiary.com - so it's all his fault! He pretends to be a triathlete, but really he is a husband, father and company VP. But he has raced for the GB Age Group squad a few times and is a two-times qualifier for the IM70.3 world champs

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