Whoa, no super clever title that all of you are so used to because I’m a really clever person?! I think that instead of my incredibly witty and unparalleled post titles, I’m going to just type what day it is and the date. Because there are some people recently who kind of want to “hop on board” with what I’m doing and I’m sure that trying to decipher which day goes with what movement can get a little confusing if the date isn’t made clear. SO, TODAY IS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, and it was an active recovery day. This is also the first time I’ve ever posted on an off/active recovery day, because believe it or not, recovery days are just as (if not more…) important than what goes on the other 5 days of the week.
So first I woke up and had my normal humongous cup of coffee with 2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream. I “slept in” today… yeah, you heard me… I slept in until 7am. This is a record. I have major sleep issues (meaning, I have to take hardcore sleep medication just to get 5 or so hours of sleep every night). I get all kinds of crap from people saying that “drugs are super unhealthy and bad and I’m going to die by the time I’m 30 and blah blah blah”. Okay, first of all, I’m not abusing drugs. If I hadn’t already exhausted EVERY POSSIBLE SOLUTION out there, and I mean every single thing in this world that exists, I would be pretty against having to resort to medication. Melatonin? Nothing. Natural sleep aids? Zip! Warm milk, sleeping tea, meditation, soft music, no music, no sound, no light, sleep training….. tell me a way to fall asleep and I can guarantee you I’ve tried it. My sleep doctors have told me that I have an extreme rare sleep condition that doesn’t even have a name yet…. the “doctor slang” is that I’m a high-functioning short sleeper. In other words, I function just as well (and probably better!) than people who get the full 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Basically, I’m an insomniac that still manages to do all the shit I do. Anyway, I think I’ve digressed…..
A couple hours after waking up I ate breakfast. Which was just DIVINE! I feel like an 80 year old using the word divine, but I tend to also use words that old people do (such as dapper, fiasco, etc… hehe). Breakfast was 3 eggs, probably 3 ish ounces of chorizo (I don’t measure any of my food… so that’s a rough estimate..), green peppers, poblano peppers, kale and spinach, and pepperjack cheese. KP is a fan of the fats.
Then I studied until I almost cried, because behavioral neuroscience is one of the worst classes I’ve ever taken besides math. I mean really, how did I get roped into a class like this? So stupid. The only reason I mention this, though, is because I want to emphasize that even with the insane amount of studying and work that I (along with tons of other students) have to do, it is VERY possible to get in great training sessions. Actually, it’s 100% possible. It’s just a matter of whether or not you want to do it. There are PLENTY (and yes, I mean usually about half) of days when I am so exhausted, physically and mentally, and the last thing I want to do is go to the gym. But that’s life sometimes, and if you put your mind to it and COMMIT to it, you can do anything. It’s all about time management and figuring out what the best times and the best routine will be that you know for a fact, through thick and thin, that you’ll be able to stick to.
Active recovery was really nice. I rowed for 15 minutes and totaled 3509m. Then I hopped on the bike and hit around 3 and a half(ish) miles. Going at a completely slow recovery pace isn’t exactly my style (I just can’t take the monotony!) so I’d say my pace was around 75% of a max effort. Not too slow, not too fast…. JUST RIGHT! Then I set a timer on my phone for 15 minutes to force myself to stretch and do mobility work. I hate mobility stuff this much… it bores me to death. But, upon realizing how incredibly tight and achey my muscles and joints can get, mobility just can’t be ignored. So I did it while jammin’ to some Tupac and Biggie like a total thug.
Active recovery isn’t only about the physical aspects. It’s not just about letting go of all that delicious lactic acid buildup and stretching yourself out so that you’re limber like a 12 year old…. don’t forget about MENTAL RESTORATION! Training for something that you’re serious about while also trying to find a balance with other things in life (school, work, relationships, etc.) takes a huge toll. Take an active recovery day to let yourself kick back and relax. Try not to worry about percentages, try not to think about your training yesterday or your training tomorrow. Do whatever it is that you do that makes you happy and clears your head. Prepare your mind for the rest of the week; you’re in the home stretch! Your body can’t be right if your mind isn’t right.
Smile today and get ready for tomorrow!