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Wooow! I Feel Good!

June 2013
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Wooow!  I feel good…  Though I won’t go so far as to say I knew that I would now…

I woke up this morning feeling a little rough. A little bit sore, a little bit stiff… Feeling a little bit old. Once I got moving though, it was all good.  This has more to do with a shortage of sleep than of actually being or feeling “old”.

I can remember, not entirely too long ago, believing that 40 was a big mark representing a shift in how long it took for me to recover from a workout. Back then I was only running (probably with a bit of bad form) and recovery did seem to stretch out a bit. With the addition of cycling to the routine things are much different though.

While there’s no doubt I’m no longer 18, there’s no question that I feel better at 42 than I did at 40 and what I find interesting is exactly what I consider an acceptable amount of pain nowadays.  For instance, if I really want to know what pain is, all I have to do is take a week off from cycling.  The balance between pain related to exercise and pain related to lethargy has always been a hot topic for me.  This is so partially because I used the excuse quite often to justify gaining weight and not doing something about it – and partially because I hear the excuse used now that I do have excellent control over my weight.

When it comes to cycling, I can ride ten days in a row and feel marvelous, as long as I’m not going all out every day.  When I go more than 10 days, up to 14, without a day off, I do tighten up a bit and my legs feel a bit clunky.  That said, when I take more than a couple of days off in a row, that’s when I start to feel old.  That’s when I feel the aches and pain others have attributed to age.  Put simply, I hurt a lot less when I keep moving.

The thing that really saddens me about this reality is that so many people who could otherwise be active and mobile try to use ‘pain’ as their excuse to keep from getting off of the couch when in the vast majority of cases, becoming active would alleviate many of the symptoms that people complain about in the first place.  It’s a sad state of affairs for certain and I wish that I had the silver bullet solution.

In the end, all I really can do is try the best I can to lead by example – and know more than most about the research that’s been done on the subject that supports the fact that my experience is the norm, not the exception.

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11 Comments

  1. Paige says:

    Amen and amen! I get pissy if I take more than a couple of days off. Not to say rest days aren’t vital; they are. But I have to get outside and do something. Confession: sometimes I go to our local dog park (without my lazy Basset) just to play with other people’s dogs. 😮

    • bgddyjim says:

      Now that’s a new one by me – That’s the first time I’ve ever heard of someone going to a dog park to play with other people’s dogs. That’s priceless.

  2. Great advice. Just keep moving. We often say, “I’ll rest when I die.”

  3. Sandra says:

    Yay! Perfect! Every decade gets better. . .

  4. cyardin says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head. When you are off the bike for a couple of days that is when the aches of middle age start to rear their ugly head. Now the challenge is getting enough time with family and work to knock that ugly beast on the head and get riding.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I can usually manage an hour a day during the week (1-1/2 on Tuesdays) and then 3 on Saturday… It’s enough to keep the aches at bay.

      • cyardin says:

        Yeah, I gotta start putting in those 1 hour midweek stints just to get on the bike. Winter is here in the Southern hemisphere, and…. all sounds like excuses to me. Time to HTFU.

      • bgddyjim says:

        I hate to say it brother, but I’m not riding in the snow either… I have a trainer in my office for the winter.

      • cyardin says:

        I agree, it just doesn’t snow here. I do have my trainer rigged up in the house and it will see many spins done while I watch the TDF at an ungodly hour

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