Life has suddenly turned upside down this week. Saturday saw the arrival of our beautiful daughter – Emily Rose, and I know that our lives have been so completely changed forever. As soon as I saw her face I was smitten and I’ve hardly been able to stop staring at her since she came along.
She arrived at the weekend over a week early, which Hayley certainly appreciated. There were no complications with the birth and we were in and out the same day. After a flurry of visitors over the weekend we have started to settle into a routine which has allowed us a little bit more sleep and we’re quickly getting the hang of nappies and swaddling and bathing such a tiny thing! I’m definitely thankful that she decided to arrive at the start of a recovery week rather than in full training mode! Trying to do all of my sessions on just a few hours rest a night would not have been particularly successful. Even though it is a recovery week it doesn’t mean a week off, and I was back in training on Monday. I definitely felt like a walker on the track in the morning, central nervous system (CNS) response levels were low and everything felt like it was moving at half speed. Although a few people were surprised that I was back in business so soon after Emily’s arrival, we felt it was important that the training routine was maintained as much as possible to avoid pattern disruption, which I seem to be particularly susceptible to – perhaps it’s a military thing! That was perhaps the only benefit I gained from that first training session back – maintenance of routine. Following on from there, the S and C sessions continue roughly as normal but with an additional session to make use of the extra recovery gained from shorter track sessions.
That meant straight back into a heavy session on Monday afternoon having already trained in the morning been in and out of London for an Invictus Games meeting and had time to fit in nappy duty and a cuddle, all on about three hours of interrupted sleep! Life definitely gets more complicated the minute they arrive! Boxing sessions follow most of the S and C sessions this week, and the difference doing those on fatigued muscles is profound. I feel like Rocky in the 10th when I’m just starting, but they’re so good for activating the CNS that I think they will prove extra useful this week with all the disruptions! They come with the added bonus of making me feel calmer after every session as well.
I’ll leave it at that for this week, it’s time for cuddles with Daddy – moving forward with brand new baby shaped motivation!