Yesterday, I was really tired. So I decided to have a short nap before my second bike workout.
I have learned at several occasions that it is better to give the body what it wants (sleep, if it is tired; food, if its hungry ) rather than to call for some caffeine or other stimulants. Stimulants have a short term effect, but most times make the situation worse in the long run and throw you into a circulus vitiosus: tiredness – stimulants – short alertness – more tiredness – more stimulants – bad sleep – even more tiredness – even more stimulants – … and so on, until the body puts the hammer on you and takes the break it really needs. Yep, I drink coffee, but not regularly and not for the coffeine and the stimulating effect. Just to enjoy the taste and what is associated for me with it: good talks, good friends, good hang out.
Now back to yesterday: It was 3 pm and I laid down on the plain, hard floor of our apartment (we don’t have a sofa – since otherwise I would spend all my free time laying down on the sofa).
Guess what happened? I woke up in the middle of the night, everything dark around me. Stepped up, ate another pound of cheese and went to bed immediately and slept until today 6 am.
So I slept from 3 pm to 6 am – 15 hours in a row. That is really hard rest!
But guess what? My swim workout today morning was great and I will hammer it down today afternoon on the bike.