Tuesday, February 16, 2016

One of Those Days




Don't get me wrong, a day outside is still way better than a day at the desk. But sometimes...it just isn't my day. Am I the only one? I've had a string of these lately. For example: drive to ski, and the snow is like concrete, impossible to stop without crashing. Go for a run and discover a sheet of ice on my "too snowy to run in the woods but this should be okay" route. Go for a bike ride and discover strong winds, but am committed to the rest of the route.

For the hike in the picture above, I slogged up the backside of Mount Howard. It is never an easy hike, topping out at over 8,000 feet, gaining three thousand feet in as many miles, and in snowshoes it is even harder. Still, I wasn't feeling it. I shuffled along at redline, and it's easy to let the mind go dark: am I out of shape? Why am I so tired? Why can't I pick up the pace? What's wrong with me?!
Only my stubbornness brought me to the top, through deep, deep untracked snow. A stiff wind prohibited lingering.
Far below me, fog engulfed the town. Three guys had passed me earlier, two riding a snowmobile and one holding on to a tow rope while wearing skis. They left the snowmobile and skinned up the mountain. Besides them, nobody else was up here. In six months, the tram will be running and tourists will be illegally feeding chipmunks, but for now, the mountain belonged to me.

While I hate the millenial term YOLO (You Only Live Once), I believe it. That's why I want things to go smoothly when I get the chance to be outdoors, even though I know that there will always be "Those Days". Like my life coach (aka "Husband") says: it's important to acknowledge the feeling (frustration, tiredness, whatever it is) and let it go. I'm working on it.

Do you ever have Those Days? What do you do to push through?


18 comments:

  1. Oh, yes....more often than I'd like to admit. Push through it sometimes by trying to be aware that other days will come and be better, to be grateful for what I can do. I like your "life coach" advice...acknowledge and let go.

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  2. I'm a firm believer in the saying: "the worst day skiing (or insert favorite activity here) is still better than the best day working"

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    1. I have to agree, though my last ski outing was pretty shameful. Walking down hills, cries of panic. In retrospect, funny, at the time, frustrating.

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  3. I have learned to make the best of whatever I am given on that day out in my playground. I have been playing in the mountains for quite some time. I now know that when I am tired, feeling depleted, feeling unenergized, not motivated.....a little more digging deep and loads of self talk will get me through it and it always works. I know that afterwards the hard work mentally of getting there and back always pays off. I always make sure to make the best of whatever I am given on any day and be thankful for even the smallest little things, with all the above packaged together, every day out there no matter what, is a great day!

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    1. This attitude is something to aspire to. Thanks. I forget sometimes how good I have it, even when I am slogging up a mountain feeling like I am pushing a sofa.

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  4. I like your life coach's advice as well. Acknowledge it and let it go. Sometimes you just have to cut yourself some slack, and some days you need to know when to not keep pushing through, because 'one of those days' I have found can mean the difference between a good day and a poor choice/dangerous day.

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    1. Very true! I am my hardest critic, and when I feel like I can't do something I get really mad at myself. I wouldn't get mad at a friend.

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  5. Peaks and valleys ... that's what my dad always says about life. I hope you find your peak soon enough!

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    1. I'm in a slump lately but I am hoping it improves. May have something to do with the weather--sort of gloomy. We need more snow.

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  6. I too occasionally have those days. Most recent was when I spent more than half of my yoga class in Child's Pose and Down Dog. I was upset that my first yoga class in 6 months(it could be even longer than that, been so long I can't remember) and I spent it in a resting position. I have to just keep at it, and not let it eat at me. I know where I've been, where I want to be, and I can't let one bad yoga class ruin it. I believe we are our hardest critics.

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    1. Haha, I know down dog is supposed to be a resting pose but I don't consider it that. But that's not bad for six months away.

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  7. I totally have those days. I think you have to decide whether you're just feeling lazy or if your actually super tired and need more rest. It definitely builds mental fortitude to whip yourself through even if you're not feeling great!

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    1. I usually fall on the side of lazy and force myself to go on. Sometimes I can push through it. I'm impressed by the determination elite athletes have.

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  8. I have had a string of Those Days recently, though admittedly not so much outside as just In Life. I have very little desire to get out these days, and even when I go, it's not quite the salve I was hoping for. I know these days come and go, but it is very hard when you are in the midst of a down period to just take it in stride. I am blaming it on lack of snow too (though work and life have a decent amount to do with it).

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    1. I'm in the same boat. Though it's not fun, I'm selfishly glad it's not just me. Here's hoping both of us get over it soon.

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  9. I tend to read/see things literally, which often makes for amusing images. As in:

    "gaining three thousand feet in as many miles"

    And seeing it as 3,000 miles!
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    Probably not directly applicable for your current concerns, but a philosophy that helps me a lot is:

    "I'm going to get over it eventually, so I might as well get over it now."

    Tom
    Fairbanks

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    1. Haha! I missed that. "on my hike across the country.." Three miles! Three miles!

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