Is it really possible to exercise too much? Yes, I think so. I answer this question based on my own experiences during the month of January. You see, my number one goal for the month should have been to focus on my triathlon training. Instead, I was sidetracked by a little competition. I tried to do both, but my need to compete always seemed to overpower logical reasoning.
The competition involved tracking your total number of workouts for the month of January. Of course these had to be real workouts that lasted for a minimum of 30 minutes. I only considered real workouts those that involved an elevated heart rate. As mentioned in my last post, I couldn’t even succeed at a simple walk. Luckily for me, my triathlon training involves running, swimming, cycling and weight training. So, I focused on those 4 types of workouts for this competition.
Typically, my training does involve more than one workout per day. For example, on Mondays I always follow-up an interval swim with a bike ride. On Wednesdays I need to do a ride followed by a run. On days that I go to the gym, I always do at least 2 workouts because I have 2 hours (thanks to childcare) so I typically do a swim or run followed by weight training. However, there are days that I will do my long ride or my long run and may not include another workout. Additionally, I am SUPPOSED to take one rest day.
Well, there were times during this competition when I only did one workout in one day. That was not sufficient for my competitiveness so I was forced to do three workouts on other days. Usually I would add-on a weight training session on these days. During the entire month of January I NEVER took a day off. I didn’t want to have to play catch up on another day. And, all of a sudden, my goal changed to beating the number of workouts of last year’s winner: 60! I wanted at least 61. But 61 didn’t seem like a lucky number so I opted to aim for 62 if I could.
So, I did it. I got my 62. Not sure what that means. Some people think it means I am a bit of an overachiever or maybe just slightly crazy. It sure as heck doesn’t mean I am hardcore. If anything, maybe less smart than usual. I did sign up to complete a 1/2 Ironman in May and I nearly overtrained myself. Worse case scenario, I could have injured myself. Stupid competitive nature. Why can’t I be a soccer mom and find solace in bringing the best snacks to the games or driving the most fabulous minivan? Okay, I know you are laughing now. I would never own a minivan.
Oh, and I have no idea whether I even made the top 5. I know I don’t really win anything, but bragging rights would actually make this all worth it. Okay, there is always March Madness. Yeah, I better not even mention that right now.
You know what pisses me off the most about all of this? I didn’t even lose more than half a pound! Seriously people. I must have consumed whatever calories I burned. And that’s a lot of freakin’ calories.