DAILY LOG 31 MAY 2011
MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS
It’s been 24 hours since yesterday’s triathlon swim workout and my body is still recovering from it. My shoulders are sore, my forearms are sore, I’m sore under my arm, my legs are sore. I mean, seriously, my whole body is sore and I was questioning the wisdom of going through this.
I’t been about 4 months since I learnt how to do the freestyle. Endless hours and laps and drills in the pool has brought me to a certain proficiency in my swimming. The question is whether it’s enough. There’s a part of me that says ‘NO’ and there’s a part of me that says ‘HECK YES’.
Since I saw the ATM Triathlon on sunday, the ‘NO’ has been ringing quite loudly in my mind and I find myself thinking I have to do more, much more. Last night’s triathlon swim workout was part of doing more. The only question is, whether my body and my mind can handle it.
Obviously not, at least in my body’s current state. And I suppose that’s the case in all the situations where growth is required and demanded. The reading I’ve done says that the body can indeed handle it. The way it handles it is to adapt by going into a destructive mode on the muscles and once that’s done, it then rebuild itself. This process is never ending and that’s how we get better and stringer. Knowing that and actually experiencing and believing it is a totally different thing though. When it’s in destructive mode (i.e. induced and caused by last night’s workout), the body gets sore and it is painful. The only that we need to do is make sure we rest and give the body the nutrients and protein it needs for the rebuilding process.
But man, IT HURTS.