I must admit I have had a bad week, I have somehow hurt my knee without doing anything to it, and even though I coach people on a daily basis about keeping stum on yourself and not pillaging a small village after a set back. What do I do? Complete breakdown week, not a day but a week.
A mixture of a lot of training, January madness and then a knee injury I felt a bit sorry for myself and have had a few glasses of wine, and you know I mean bottles, a few Reel Deels and a few evenings in Keanes. Which means while writing this I am bloated and pissed off. Its amazing how super clean eating turns into a Sunday evening Apache delivery. Hoping the neighbors do not see the delivery van. Oh the shock and horror.
The biggest loser however is sleep, I have become somewhat of a sleep Nazi. My wife gets Tut tut tuts if she is on the phone past a certain time, my phone is left downstairs now and I highly recommend getting rid of it out of the bedroom. I take magnesium as i get into bed and I find it great. I’m wired at the best of times and I find it really helps you nod off.
The last 22 months have been amazing becoming a parent, I love every second of it. However the jealousy and down right anger when I hear of kids that sleep for 12 hours from day one. That is not fair. My own mother often said that she hoped I would have 10 kids just like me. And now I know what she meant.
The sleep deprivation puts your sports performance in a state of limbo, you are training just as hard if not harder as previous years but the gains are small to none. Growth hormone is secreted during the first two phases of sleep. Super important when you are clocking up 20 plus hours training a week, not to mention the effect on mood, weight gain and the production of Leptin which goes down with lack of quality sleep. This explains appetite control greatly.
I’m hovering around the high 13 stone mark and finding it hard to come back down to race weight. Last week did not help which is why I had mixed veg for breakfast this morning. The realization is dawning that being in ones late thirties means you have to be super strict with everything. Eating clean, and training hard just is not enough. Eating clean, no alcohol, 8 hours sleep a night and training hard is the only way to ensure any sort of performance gain.
I look at local athletes now and all I can think is, I cant wait until you have kids mother fecker. A buddy of mine reckoned there should be a separate race category for new parents!!
So yet again it is time to get real, go 100% and get committed to the process. Hardman 2017 beckons (Ironman Distance in Kerry) Sleep Nazi will be tutting and sighing for the start of the sleep cycle and hoping my two monkey’s play ball!
Anything that mentions sleep, tiredness and babies seems to bring on a tirade of abuse from the female population regarding how tough it is on the male. That being me in this instance. We have our own system, I do mornings from 4 am on wards. Mrs Loftus does all previous as she hates getting out of bed early!!!
I also know Ironman is a choice and I do not have to do it. However if I did not have the all encompassing nature of a 20 to 25 hour training week I would be harder to live with!