Thursday, January 19, 2006

Training fears

I've been thinking a lot about my lack of racing motivation...I mean, I've always done the bare minimum in the winter, but this is the laziest I've ever been. This is also the first winter in more than 5 years that I haven't been put on antibiotics for Bronchitis, or a Tracheal or sinus infection. Part of me wonders if the lack of exercise is actually keeping me healthy.

For those of you who don't know me, and I'm going to assume that is all of you, I am a severe asthmatic with reduced lung capacity. I take 3 medications daily to keep this all in check and that doesn't even include my emergency inhaler.

My breathing specialist is awesome. He encourages my training and loves to hear about my races, but I haven't had to see him because I haven't been sick!

I think that part of me is afraid that if I push myself, I will wind up with a four plus month long bout with a chronic cough like I did last winter. Or worse. I don't know.

However, I could always use the winter just to relax, do some weight training, yoga and some slow endurance stuff on my bike trainer and in the pool. I could just not push myself to move ahead quickly, but relax and enjoy myself and view it as a hobby and not as training.

I suppose it's just a matter of changing my mindset. Taking a very relaxed approach might keep me healthier and will prep me for when the weather gets warm and I'm less likely to catch something major.

It is certainly something to think about.

Maybe I just need a kick in the ass.

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