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Tired, lazy day yesterday; Feeling good this morning!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 by  
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April
4
2012

The poor night of sleep I had Monday night just destroyed me yesterday. I mentioned in yesterday’s blog that I was going to do some cardio on the recumbent bike, but after the coffee buzz died down my energy levels rapidly plummeted… I decided to skip the cardio. All day yesterday I felt really tired, unfocused and completely out of it. I had to resist the urge to take a nap because I knew that if I did I would probably have trouble sleeping again.

As you might expect, last night I was asleep a couple of minutes after my head hit the pillow. I slept straight through the night, and I feel fantastic this morning.

Lack of sleep affects me more than some, and this trait has only become more pronounced as I’ve aged. I can get by with seven hours of sleep every so often, but eight hours each night is my steadfast requirement. If I get less than seven hours of sleep it really affects me the next day; less than five hours and I need a drool cup.

The plus side of my sleep requirements is that I don’t want (or need) more than eight hours. I never feel the need to sleep in. In fact, I don’t like to sleep in because I feel like I’m missing out on all the awesome stuff I could be doing. 🙂

Sometimes on Facebook my friends and contacts mention in their status updates that they are bored. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I can’t even remember the last time I was even slightly bored. The hardest part of my day is trying to decide what to do because there are so many things I enjoy doing (or that need to be done).

Today is my chest/delts/triceps workout, and I’m looking forward to it. I was thinking about my training split, and I’m strongly considering scaling back my weight training so I can do more mountain biking. I may move to a weekly two-day split (upper and lower body) while I’m maintaining. I’m curious what other mountain/road bikers (and other seasonal athletes) do with regards to weight training during the “on” season. If you have any thoughts or comments, please post them below.

Well, this blog sure wound up being a rambling stream of consciousness!

I’m going to get some breakfast going and get to work. Thanks for reading–have a great day! 🙂

John Stone Fitness Comments

5 Responses to “Tired, lazy day yesterday; Feeling good this morning!”
  1. What does 8 hours of sleep even look like??? With a 28-month-old and a 10-month-old, that kind of sleep is a thing of the past, but hopefully also a thing of my future as well. Although, we do want 2 more kids….

    Take last night for example. 10-month-old had us up to 1am, then I was able to get in about 3 to 3.5 hours of uncomfortable sleep before he was at it again. And my kids are GREAT sleepers, so I don’t have it nearly as bad as some others. It’s just nights when they have colds or ear infections that are like last night was.

    Aside from being very physically taxing though, kids are the best! The joy I got from the football “catch” I had with my boy in the yard yesterday makes up for a 1000 nights like last night.

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  2. Totally agree with you John – I broke my leg snowboarding and have been housebound for the last 4 weeks (2 more to go) and people keep asking me if I have got bored and I keep saying no! There is so much stuff I have been meaning to do for years that I am finally getting around to doing that I can’t see how it is possible to. Having said that I am looking forward to getting back up and about (and back on the bike!).

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  3. Hey John, speaking of doing stuff before eating breakfast, what’s the typical timeframe between when you wake up and when you eat your first meal? Do you find that it kind of takes a little bit before your appetite gets going?

    Mentally, I feel like if I dont eat within a 1/2 hour of waking up that I’m slacking. But physically, I feel like it takes a while (maybe an hour or so) before my stomach wakes up and starts feeling like eating.

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  4. During biking season, I find a whole body workout several times a week with vastly decreased leg workouts is necessary or I get very burnt out. I also find it more important to focus on upper back and core exercises since these get fatigued during rides.

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