Training is ticking along slowly. I'm covering Olympic distances each week, not quickly but relatively comfortably. (...and I'm not talking about my weight at the moment as in my week away I appear to have temporarily regained everything I had lost - not sure how or why that happens, but it always does. It must be something in the water).
I've noticed that 'Energy' is a strange thing. I used to think I only had so much energy and a short exercise session and it was used up - I was done-in for the rest of the day. I remember in my very 'big' days, I'd have a little nap before my PT session in the hope I'd make it through the hour.
I used to admire how Matthew would run the kids to their clubs, walk the dogs, mow the lawn, do the washing and somehow fit in a spin class and a run and then go off to visit his mum in the afternoon.
I'd run/walk for 20 minutes and then wallow in the jacuzzi for an hour trying to muster up the strength for a shower. But now I realise that energy is a cumulative, spirally thing. The more exercise I do, the more other stuff gets done rather than less. (Not always, but more often than not) So rather than going to the gym and then napping for the rest of the day, today I had a strength PT session, a long swim, shopping , housework, gardening and a BBQ.
When people say to me 'I don't know how you fit in the exercise for triathlon' I realise that I now possibly have two explanations:
Firstly I don't do as much as is recommended in the books as it's nearly all aimed at crazy, athletic young men; but hopefully I will do enough to finish under the cut off times. Secondly I now know for a fact, that the more exercise I do the more energetically everything else in my life gets done just because I feel better.
I can't ever see myself as being a 4am starter to knock-out a 3hr cycle before commuting to London, but it is nice occasionally to not be exhausted and feel rejuvenated by a good training session. Not that this happens every time. I still have dark days where just getting up is a struggle but I can definitely see the benefit of exercise and that it sometimes has a positive impact - whether it's the hormonal/chemical changes, the endorphins, the vitamin D from being outside or the emotional/psychological benefit of achieving a goal and feeling good, or most likely some combination of all of them, I don't know. But it's a nice feeling when it happens.