Week Five saw a massive physical challenge in the form of an Iron Man across the week.
In case you are unfamiliar this is 180km cycle, 42 km run and 4km swim (or a 20km row as a sub). That, I probably don’t need to clarify, is a lot of cardio.
I knew at the start of the week it would be a challenge, I had a full week of work and classes plus two Christmas events which would take up time I could potentially train in but I decided to give it a go.
Day 1 I did a few KM and on day 2 after work spent over an hour on a stationary bike followed by a row. However on day 3 I made a decision that I wouldn’t be able to complete it, for one simple reason. Sleep.
I had skipped an early night on Tuesday to fit in a cycle and was feeling the effects from that. I know I already don’t get as much sleep as would be considered healthy and to complete the challenge I would need to reduce that amount further.
I decided that it wasn’t worth it to complete a challenge- what is the point of being able to push your body but not looking after it in other ways?
So what did this week teach me? It taught me I know how to listen to my body and look after my health in more ways than just train and that I do actually practice what I preach in terms of holding myself accountable to the same things I would say to clients and class members. It also taught me I really do need more sleep!
So did I succeed on week 5? Do I mind? Nope, not at all!