My turn to ask a question. How long does it take for strength and conditioning to degrade? Has my conditioning really gone to pot in four weeks even though I’m still putting in 20 to 30 miles a week? Or is it a perception thing?
I am often my worst critic. I know that. It can keep me going when others might be satisfied with where they are at. It also can lead to disappointment when it shouldn’t.
A prime example was last night. I had a cross train session on my schedule. I positioned the ergometer in the garage, fed the cat, dialed up some Phish on my iPod, and started a steady state row. I felt like I was struggling to keep a 2:20 pace (that’s how long it takes to row 500 meters). After 45 minutes I hopped off. My legs were quivering. I was soaked in sweat. My head started spinning. How can that be? Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that I was invincible?
So I started checking the data. 9200 meters. Average pace of 2:26.7. Hmm. Let’s see here. The last time I rowed this long was… Where’s that Concept2 online log? Hmmm. February 17. Back when I was invincible. Let’s see here. 10000 meters in 48:15 at an average pace of 2:26.00.
My point? Let’s not be so hard on ourselves folks! Perception isn’t always reality. My new philosophy? I start worrying when my mind starts dishing out the complacency.