The indicators on ye old Stress meter has pegged out for me lately. Not to belabour the issue as we all have challenges but recent announcements of layoffs and significant job reductions at my company have tended to push it over the top! It's very much like the anaolgy of they frog sitting in water that is getting hotter and hotter and just before the boiling point.
They have already announced another person that will take over the role I presently have in a month or two. I continue with management and oversight of my 25+ member team and assist with all their issues around significant job reductions. This comes right on top of my funding 3 college tuitions and a 4th additional monthly expense for education needs for a High Schooler. I just need a few more years before I could walk away......We have reorganized every 2 yrs for the last 10 years and I've managed to survive and advance. In fact, in the past I've been very involved in the designs of the new orgs but with a new management team leading the effort I'm not involved. This one feels like it could be the Big One!!!
Enough of that.
Anyway, it's amazing to see the effects of stress as it relates to riding. I wear a HR monitor and use a cyclometer and have kept up with the stats for a good while. The differences in the HR readings and "wattage output" are key indicators that continued high levels of stress are not healthy!! No surprise there but it's very interesting to see the stats. Heart rates are much higher, takes a lot more effort to get equivalent results, etc. It sure does the body, mind and spirit a whale of a lot of good just get out and get in some miles, though.
At least I'm in pretty darn good shape for 50+ and managing those physical aspects fairly well. I can't imagine how I'd be doing physically if I still had those extra 50 lbs!! Just another great reason and excuse to continue to pile up the miles!!