I am a numbers guy. I make little notes throughout the year and sometimes I look at them and over-analyze the numbers I put on paper. I have little spreadsheets to monitor things. Way to many spreadsheets. I have one for my car miles (in case I need to deduct travel expenses for tennis). I have a spreadsheet for meal I eat out, in case I need deduction for that activity.
I often neglect filling in some fields. But the number of hours working is known. For my “real” job I take 2080 hours minus vacation time, minus holidays and add overtime/comp time to get a number. For my tennis, I report hours so getting a total is easy. What is not added it the hours I work off the clock, which I do often.
Anyway, in 2008, I was troubled by many changes that happened which meant my performances in races was less, my physical fitness was less and my body felt tired so often. So I look at at 2006, 2007 and 2008 to see why things are so different. Well I think I found a big difference… 71.6 hours each week. This is the average number of hours per week I officiated tennis or worked at my “real” job each week in 2008. This is 14.3 hours higher than 2006 and 10.6 hours more than 2007. I knew my stress levels were high and I was working more, but this was a surprise. I had over 14 more hours each week in 2006 to rest, train and repair. That makes a huge difference as I look at it today.
I look at the first three months of 2009. There is no reason to believe I will not be over 70 hours a week at least through February. Then I plan on going to Germany to visit my son in March for a week, so that will help the average go down but when I return, I have two weeks that may be above 80 hours each week… So looking ahead, even with the week vacation, I have planned at least 70 hours a week average. So how can I think of training during that time? I do not know but 71.6 will assure i will be doing few races. So my first goal is to look at April onward and not accept every tennis assignment offered… I may even use some of the vacation time I have built up… One thing at a time.
As a follow-up from my blood test showing I had a major Vitamin D deficiency and I was put on doses of 50,000 IU, I have been sleeping better. I am so surprised that one of the issues with vitamin D deficiency was sleep… This has improved! I am also not as stiff as I was with the bones hurting. Guess I may be absorbing Calcium better… If this improves, and I cut my tennis hours to a reasonable number, there may be hope? 71.6 can not happen in 2009!
Carry on. . .