I’m trying to take at least one (preferably only one) rest day per week, usually on the weekend. This week, I was thinking it would be tomorrow, but my body let me know this morning that it would be today.
I got up to pee this morning, and when I went to sit down, it felt like someone shot me right through the tops of both kneecaps. Crap. Okay. Finish up in the bathroom, try a few knee bends. Nope. Dammit. Google says it’s a common overuse injury in cyclists, and I don’t like where it’s headed. With my goals, and my races coming up, I can’t afford a lot of rest days, but I sure as hell can’t afford to blow out my knees.
So today is a rest day, although I am on my feet at work all day, so it’s more an active rest day. Tomorrow I will run, and cut the grass, and Monday I will go back to cycling.
I found out last night that I have a decision to make at work, too. Right now, I am working 2 part-time jobs, and barely clearing 20 hours a week.
One is at a pet store. I make minimum wage there, get a shift once every few weeks, and there are no benefits – BUT I get a 15% discount on pet supplies, which is a huge help when you have as many babies as I do.
My other job is at a home improvement store. No discount there, but it pays a little more, has benefits, bonuses, and they treat us well. During the summer, I was working 30-40 hours a week there as a cashier. Now I’m getting 15-20. If I go below an average of 20 hours a week for too long, I will lose my benefits.
Last night, I was offered a job within the home improvement store that would mean significantly more hours at a higher pay rate, no more dealing with customers, and Saturday nights guaranteed off. All shifts would be full shifts, no more 4-5 hours at a time, and I would get free licensing on all kinds of cool equipment.
Sounds like a no-brainer, right?
There’s a catch, of course.
It’s night shift. I don’t know what impact this might have on my running/cycling/swimming/racing programs. And I live in a town where nothing is open at night, so if I want to keep my sleep schedule fairly consistent on my days off, I’ll be pretty much stuck at home. I won’t be working with the people I’ve come to love, and when my dad comes back from sick leave (we work at the same place) we won’t see each other. I also MIGHT lose my job at the pet store because I won’t be available during the day for cashier shifts.
HOWEVER: Starting work late in the evening means dinners at home with my partner, and most of the evening together. It means most of the weekend together after my Saturday morning sleep. It means I’ll be able to predict my life better. Finally, and most importantly, it means getting to our financial goals quicker.
And it won’t be forever.
I think I have to take it.