When I started training for the Tinman regularly I knew I was going to have to make some sacrifices. One of those things would be the late nights of drinking I had become used to. The parties at the gym on Tuesday night, cheap wine night on Wednesday, first Friday and all the other fun days in between.
For the most part I am completely OK with that. I have always loved hanging out in smaller groups or one on one anyway and very rarely feel the need to go out and party it up until 3:00am. The problem is when Tinman started for various reasons (financial, time, sheer exhaustion) I pretty much stopped going out all together. My routine became wake up, go to work, go to whatever workout I had that night, eat, relax for an hour or two, go to bed. Repeat.
I have never had trouble sleeping in my life. It's amazing, my head hits the pillow and I am out cold... that is until I started training harder. While doing marathon training I never had this problem, but now I have a hard time falling asleep especially after a super hard workout.
Last night I had an invitation to go to a birthday party. My body is definitely more used to the harder workouts now and I am less exhausted after so I felt like I need to venture out into the real world again. I knew I wasn't going to stay out late or eat bad, but I was still trying to talk myself out of it for about 2 hours before going. It would cost money, it would throw off my routine, what if I was too tired tomorrow to even get to work! Since I already had RSVP'd yes I decided to go even though the last thing I wanted to do at 8pm was put on a dress and makeup.
I am glad I went, it was a lot of fun and I really really needed to interact with people and break up the routine. I had one beer and actually even though I wasn't in bed until midnight I slept the best I have in weeks. I was up way before my alarm went off today!
So, any other athletes out there have an advice on what the correct balance is? I know I need rest, but do you allow yourself to go out like once night a week or do you drink a few times a week? What's the magic number?