There are so many active things I want to do—biking, kayaking, swimming, trampolining—but I have a history of overdoing it in one activity or another, prompting a flare that puts me on the sidelines of everything. You all know how bummed out I get when I can’t do any of my favourite activities. I hope this is the summer that I finally learn to do a bit and then back off.
Here’s my plan: I won’t do the same activity two days in a row. And if I do something that’s hard on the legs, like biking or trampolining, I’ll try to do something that’s more arm-intensive, like swimming or kayaking, the next day. This week I biked on Monday, kayaked on Tuesday, and swam today (Wednesday, in case you’re reading this in the future sometime.)
It might be too soon to tell, but nothing bad has happened yet, so that’s encouraging. I just have to remember that even if my brain says “yes, please!” my body might disagree after the fact. I’ll have to dampen my “all or nothing” impulse and take a longer view: if I want to enjoy all these activities all summer long, I have to do it in moderation.
None of this is revolutionary thinking; athletes have been cross-training and taking rest days since before I was born. I’m just really, really slow to learn these things.