After reading Peter's post about his "holiday from cycling", I felt compelled to share one of my reasons for my own small break from the bike every now and then.
For a few different reasons, I have not been able to ride this weekend. Coming down with the flu has not helped and the weather has not exactly been conducive to going for a good spin, but regardless of these issues, I may have struggled a little bit if I was on the saddle anyway.
As some of you may know, I have a heart problem. I have 2 holes in my heart where they are not supposed to be. Without going into specific details, the result is that the blood flowing around my body is not carrying as much oxygen as it should. While on the surface my health isn't really affected by this, I do suffer in terms of recovery. My body takes longer to recover from most activities compared to other people and I need a lot of sleep to as a result. On average, I try to get 9-10 hours sleep a night...sometimes even this isn't enough.
Trying to co-ordinate a fairly busy, stressful job which requires reasonably long hours, a social life where late Friday or Saturday nights take place every now and then, and doing a fair amount of exercise (I like to exercise most days), leaves me a little bit drained. Quite often, I have to compromise doing one thing in order to do another activity, purely because of my sleep requirements.
Every 4 to 6 weeks, my body kind of tells me that enough is enough. I occasionally get to a point where I just do not have the energy to do what I want. I need to take a few days off the bike. By the end of my working week, I need to just take it easy and get a hell of a lot of sleep, in the order of around 12 hours a night. Although I have a very relaxing weekend, usually sleeping in until ridiculous hours then laying in bed just reading a good book before getting up for the day, not riding leaves me feeling a bit empty. This is the most frustrating part.....
One of the things I absolutely love to do is get on my bike and go for a spin. A good ride, no matter how far or how difficult, always leaves me with a smile on my face. When I feel drained of energy, I get frustrated with my body. What I really want to do is go for a ride to smash the frustration out of my system. But obvious, I don't have the energy to do so!
When this happens to me, I can't wait to get back on the bike. This time round, getting over the flu will obviously make me feel a lot better, but a few more very early nights will also help me get my energy levels back up. Exhaustion like this is an extremely frustrating thing. Over the years, I have learned to listen to my body. Every now and then I need to take a bit of a break from cycling....but thats much better than having to give it up altogether!
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