As I get older and continue to train I find myself considering how to balance effective training with”operational longevity”. For example, during workouts I try to push my limits but sometimes find myself so sore later that I worry about it interfering with my work. Its not due to being out of shape, but what I could shake off in my younger days isn’t so easy to shake off anymore.
Just before my promotion and reassignment to midnights, I was working out in a boxing gym and doing some groundfighting2-3 times a week. With the boxing, I liked to do some sparring, but was unclear on how hard I wanted to go. Getting my bell rung or KO’d on a regular basis wasn’t what I was interested in. I have a job and a family I have higher priorities for. I want the benefits of being able to take and deliver punches but I want to save my 100% for work. I recently recovered from some sore ribs after some MMArolling that had me mincing around for a week. The training was fun and intense and I didn’t feel bad during or immediately afterwards. But latter…oh man! It got me thinking about how I want to structure my training for maximum benefit but with minimum injury or work impact. I don’t want to coast or regress, but I’m looking at staying as fit as possible for the longest possible time.
Perhaps that 40th BD has me in a tad of a mid-life crisis.