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! 🙂