Saturday, November 13, 2010
Out of practice
The first thing I noticed that was off happened on Saturday, when I tried to go for a run. I hadn't done any type of exercise at the conference, but I had been lazy for a week or so before that as well. The interesting thing was how sore and tired I was after this run. I came home, took a shower, went to bed, and slept for the rest of the day. This was really strange to me considering that I was training for a triathlon this summer and got used to distance running. This was half the distance of my normal training run and was a lot slower. It just surprised me how fast you can revert if you let up just a little bit in your exercise patterns.
This really hit me on Wednesday when I attended my symphony rehearsal. I had only missed one week and thus only one rehearsal. However, I played terribly. It was like I was trying to site-read the music. Not only that, but my fingers weren't hitting the right place on the fingerboard, so I was out of tune the whole time as well. Surprising that I only miss one rehearsal and this is what happens.
It just goes to show that consistency is key. In music, don't stop practicing or you'll slide backwards pretty quickly. In sports, you'll be out of shape really quickly if you get out of your training routine. Just stick to your routine, practice deliberately, and keep improving!