My Challenge To Find Satisfaction In Movement
I hit the point where it was easier to motivate my clients than myself. I was aimless, looking for something to latch onto. While I still looked lean, the muscle tone I love seeing on myself was no longer there.
Cycling, an activity I adore, became a chore thanks to some of my volunteer work. I’d resentfully show up at the training rides I’d signed up for months ago, knowing that I was there in official capacity. No longer was I doing it because I loved it, but because I had to be there. Ironically, the activity I loved was beginning to cause me stress.
To work through this, I began #MoreMovementInMay, a daily self-challenge to do something more and challenge both my strength and endurance. I also checked in with my training ride series organizer, and we put together a reasonable action plan to complete my commitments.
Action plan for the ride in place, I pushed my way through my first week of workouts, beginning each session with… you guessed it, foam rolling. After that was an hour of warmups and workouts.
Last week’s workout schedule.
- Monday: Strength
- Tuesday Kettlebells
- Wednesday: Conditioning
- Thursday: Strength
- Friday: Conditioning
- Saturday: A 31 mile ride and a strength-conditioning complex
- Sunday: Flexibility
The first several days took me from hamstring soreness to calf soreness, to “Oh my gods, I can barely move. Maybe I’ll do my flexibility day tomorrow.” I convinced myself to get started as I could with each day’s workout. A steady stream of ibuprofen, water, rest, stretching and rolling kept me going when not on the workout floor.
The sense of satisfaction I derived from completing each day’s workout was exactly what I’d been missing. While I don’t have an event I’m training for or a physique goal, challenging myself to see how strong I can get this month (and maybe for the next quarter) has me ready for my next session this evening.
One week in, I’m less sore and more flexible. Even better, I already love the way my arms and shoulders are looking again.
Next week I’ll talk about how to handle common challenges when it comes to endurance exercise.