Daylight Savings & Loan

I was doing really well writing regularly, then the X man got sick and I just have not been getting enough sleep which seems to affect everything I try to do. Add in waking up at 4:45 a.m. three days a week to hit the pool and the daylight savings time change this past weekend, and you can color me spent.

Yes, hitting the pool. The triathlon training has officially begun! It is exhausting right now and makes me pine for the days when I could swim for two hours without even thinking about it. I know it will get better and easier, but my lungs feel like they’re bleeding and on the verge of bursting.

I got this same feeling last week on the soccer field. I just started playing indoor again after more than a year hiatus. I’m pleased to report my skillz are intact, as is my speed, I just can only do about two sprints before I need a sub. It took until the middle of the second half for my second wind to kick in. Felt great to be back on the field again though, with my friends.

The concept of ‘second wind’ was perplexing me so I hopped over to Wikipedia to see what it had to say:

“Second wind is a phenomenon in distance running, such as marathons or road running (as well as other sports), whereby an athlete who is too out of breath and tired to continue suddenly finds the strength to press on at top performance with less exertion. The feeling may be similar to that of a ‘runner’s high’, the most obvious difference being that the runner’s high occurs after the race is over. Some scientists believe the second wind to be a result of the body finding the proper balance of oxygen to counteract the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles. Others claim second winds are due to endorphin production, while still others believe it to be purely psychological.”

Here is the explanation of this being “purely psychological”:

“The second wind, like many other exercise-induced ‘highs’, is increasingly suspected of being purely psychological; it is claimed by some to be a by-product of the confidence and pride one gains by passing one’s supposed limitations. Studies have found similar results when researchers have simply offered encouragement to subjects during exercise.”

I would like to meet these “others” who believe a second wind is psychological. While I don’t have the background or knowledge to offer my own hypothesis, I can say from decades of experience that it is not “confidence and pride” that magically makes my lungs stop burning. If anything, I feel my most dejected at that point, hobbling off the field gasping for breath, coughing up all sorts of nonsense. Therefore, I call bull shit, friends. I’m more inclined to believe the endorphins bit:

“Endorphins are credited as the cause of the feeling of euphoria and wellbeing found in many forms of exercise, so proponents of this theory believe that the second wind is caused by their early release. Many of these proponents feel that the second wind is very closely related to—or even interchangeable with—the runner’s high.”

Yes, much more believable that I am just stoned off my ass from my own endorphins, so I no longer feel the pain of my (probably) bleeding lungs.

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