Are We Super Women or Not

As women, we like to prove to society that we can do it all.  But at what cost does it affect us, our job and our close ones.

This week I had a project at work to do presentation on heart rate and over-training. When I typed the symptoms for over-training, I realized I had them all. But it wasn’t from over-training but just burnout with too many things happening in my life for 2 years.

The following are symptoms for Over-training/Burnout:

  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Frequent colds/flu
  • Frequent minor bodily accidents such as sprains, cuts and bumps
  • Frequent mood shifts
  • Changes in appetite
  • Constant fatigue
  • Muscle/joint pain
  • Lymph gland swelling
  • Elevated heart rate and blood pressure

In 2 years: moved my mother to Delaware, sell her house which took 8 months; be available 24 hours a day to make her medical decisions; clean out my house, paint and updated house to sell, then look to find condo/house in my budget, mom died between 2 moves, paint and renovate new place including kitchen; do certification; triathlon team coaching; work 7 days a week and try to train for races

At what cost did I pay for this? Plenty! Main part, I lost touch with all my friends and what was happening in their lives. Sorry to all for being grumpy and unresponsive to your needs.  I know my races were majorly affected. This spring and summer, my races were just surviving and finishing. Doing my half Ironman in September, I did the race in my sleep until we had storm on the bike which woke me up.

I have made a couple decisions to allow me to heal and for my future which has not made everyone happy. Don’t like to hurt people but at this stage in my life it is time to enjoy. No longer working weekends but occasional which has help me get the rest I need. It is time for me to pass on the baton of triathlon team coaching after 10 years coaching and working every weekend including holidays from April to September.  I will continue doing triathlon swim, running clinics and coach, indoor triathlons, training clients and other classes at Latitude. I know I will make my doctor happy in December at my physical. I am looking forward to the future, spending time with family and friends;  have fun racing again, and experiencing new adventures.

If you have any of the over-training/burnout symptoms as mention above, stop, think how you are affecting everyone around you and your training/races. Life is too short and we all not Super Humans.

Published by Pam Houck

Work in the health industry as personal trainer, running and multi-sport coach. As an athlete with celiac disease and asthma, I don't let it limit me to compete in road races and triathlons.

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