I don’t know if I should listen to the pain and take a break or just ignore the pain and keep on going. When I do the first, a heart wrenching guilt is tormenting my soul as I feel I am cheating on my dream and my life. Working out is also like paying the premium for the insurance of coming back in one piece. There are over two hundred bodies the mountain has claimed, and I don’t want to become part of a statistic. Training hard will give me the chance to stay safe and maybe help others, if the case. I’ve read about how some people become selfish and callous when they are up there because everyday life is about walking on a tightrope and danger is omnipresent … I don’t want to become like that. If the need arises, I want to help and be strong enough to do it in a way that really makes a difference.
So back to my question...how much is too much? In the weekends, I start with about one yard of swimming, continue with five miles of running or more, and then twenty miles or more of biking...if there is time, I do also core strengths training, box step and arms. During the week, from 5 o'clock to 8 o'clock non-stop and in the evening some more training, if I don't leave from work when is already dark.
Even though I know this training is putting a lot of stress on my body, I find it very energizing...the most difficult part is when I have to stop.The first half an hour of workout may come less naturally and I am pushing myself, but afterwards, like a well-oiled machine, my legs and my arms have a mind of their own and I only allow them to move - workout is almost effortless.
Training became so important in my life that I put it on the same level with breathing, eating, and sleeping.