Jesus I haven’t seen that number for a long time.
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Maybe the scales is wonky. I step off, pick it up, shake it (you will note that I have technical proficiency in spades) switch it off and back on, give it another shake just in case the first one wasn’t quite enough and place it carefully back on the floor making sure that it’s level and reset correctly.
Ok it says 0.00 before I step up. There it is again 65. Holy shit the last time I was this light I was running like….I can’t think of any funny simile so let’s just say I was running well. Really well. I was also biking well uphill but not so good on the flat.
The problem with the number this time is that it’s not as a result of a savage training and strict nutritional regime. It’s mostly the result of having a stomach bug that’s dragged on for a couple of weeks.
Still, I look down at my stomach and think that if I squint just a little bit I can see one or two bits of a six pack starting to peep through. Or maybe that’s just a couple of wrinkles…If only I’d actually done all of those crunches and planks I’d planned on…
Anyway, aside from the fact that I’m fading away I’ve actually been doing some training. And I’ve been getting my motivation back for it too.
Ais has reminded me in the past that motivation is neither necessary nor important as far as training goes. You simply decide that you’re going to do the work or not.
Your legs don’t know if your motivation is high or not. They simply know you’ve run 15k or ridden for a couple of hours. Fitness and strength and improvements come from doing the work. Not being motivated to do the work.
So I’ve sort of bluffed my way through the last couple of months on the bike. Going riding regardless of whether I felt like it or not (the Swiss alps trip helped by putting a gun to my head) hanging onto some semblance of fitness and training habit.
This week I’m back in the pool and running again and just like that my motivation to train is through the roof. I’m enjoying the structure and the workload.
I’d almost forgotten how nice it is to have that trophy soreness in the legs and shoulders after a hard swim, ride or run.
I’ll probably include my training hours in the blog again from next week as some people seem to be interested in the numbers.
If you are interested in the numbers and sessions I’m over on Strava as Rob Cummins Wheelworx.
So that’s it. A short update this week. Catch ya next Monday.
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