I wanted to bounce something off others on the forum and would love some feedback. My wife recently sat me down and said that when I am training I am more moody than when I am not training. In particular, she said my moodiness/lack of patience on training days was notable. If I am honest with myself, I can see where she is coming from, but I always thought it was very isolated/rare.
I usually ride early in the morning and I know that I can be crabby on occasion towards the end of the day (which I always chalked up to being tired). But her observation was that not only is that definitely the case, she thinks that on days that I ride, she can see/sense a visible post-ride great mood…only to watch it decline two to three hours later into short patience and moody behavior. The more I think about it, the more I think she is right.
I recently started tracking my sleep and that is my first project (along with setting realistic training goals where I am not always riding at 5am). Other thoughts include making sure I fuel properly post workout and then continue eating to avoid any fueling issues that could be driving it. I even thought about having my sweat rate/composition tested to make sure I am putting whatever I need most back into my body post-ride; but I am guessing that is really reaching.
I am a dad/husband first, and I do this for fun, but it is a crucial release and one that I have always thought leads to me being a BETTER dad/husband. So it was a little soul-crushing to hear that may not be the case. Regardless, I need to figure it out.
Any input/thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.