Swimming practice at 6 a.m. came and went today. Track practice at 6 p.m. came and went as well. I was just too tired. I'm still planning to attend tonight's swim at 7:30 p.m., but I'm not quite 100%. It could be allergies -- my eyes are itchy and my prescription medications needed refills. It could be Trudy and Bam-Bam -- I put a small hole in my bedroom ceiling last week with a shovel handle due to the pounding noise directly over my head that continues regularly at 6:30 a.m. It could be the workouts themselves -- I pushed myself pretty hard during Monday's and Wednesday's brick workouts. Maybe it's even the tapering cycle for Vineman 70.3 taking its natural toll.
It's probably a combination of all the above.
Whatever it is, I'm tired. So tired I slept 10 hours last night and it felt like it wasn't nearly enough all day at work.
This time, I'm smarter though. In past races I'd probably get panic-stricken, wondering if I was getting sick or losing my fitness. I know better. It's not a big deal. I'm just a little gassed. I refilled my prescriptions, took the little I have left of my Allegra, and am starting to feel a little better already. I slept in this morning instead of dragging myself to the pool just because I thought I had to.
Besides, today's track workout was optional, with Coach Gerardo indicating I could skip it if I felt tired.
And in the next 30 minutes, commence swimming.
135 days and counting.