Why do you put yourself through 2 hours of painful cycling in spandex, hunched over a road bike, trying to ignore the chafing while your legs burn and your lungs scream for air… when you could be leisurely cycling the Seawall on a cute Dutch bike with a pretty basket? Why wouldn’t you call it a day after a day of heavy squats and deadlifts but instead you get the dying urge to do a finisher with 100 burpees and suicide lines? Because you live and dream exercise and sweat… you are addicted. You are a fitness maniac just like I am.
I don’t know the reasons why you exercise but I’m addicted to the feeling, the progress and the results.
I love exercise but I am constantly struggling with balance and recovery. It’s hard to have rest days when you just want to do some shameless gym-ratting or go for a nice long bike ride …but I am not of those those “no days off” fitness addicts idiots. I realize the importance recovery plays in your fitness regime and growth and try really hard to not overwork my body. But it’s really hard.
I struggle the most during spring and summer— especially now that the sun is out and Grouse Grind is opened. There is just so much to do! Cycling, Grouse Grinding, the occasional running so I can be ready for Tough Mudder, weightlifting… there is no time for rest!! Or so it seems.
I want to put in more miles on my bike but I also want to hit the gym to do my intensive full-body conditioning circuits and also increase my weights during leg day (I don’t split train but I do dedicate at least one day a week for squats and one for deadlifting). I struggle to find the balance to do it all without being sore or in pain every single day. I plan all my workouts before the week starts but I sometimes find myself straying because a supposedly leisurely bike ride turns into an intense one and then my legs turn into jelly when I try to squat or deadlift.
And that is one reason why I’m not the girl who lifts the heaviest weights or is the fastest on a bike… I like to dabble in everything because it makes me happy. I don’t care if I’m not the best but I already know I’m trying my hardest and I’m fit, healthy and happy.
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