I didn’t take my anticipated bike ride on Memorial Day. I woke up after a restless night’s sleep with a sore body and a lethargic sense about moving — not a promising scenario for getting back on a bike. I don’t feel ill, so the likely explanation is over-training.

I got my new FitBit last Wednesday, and between Thursday when I began tracking and Sunday I averaged 12,548  steps a day and covered 26 miles largely on foot and on an elliptical. I’ve felt a tremendous zeal to really get in shape — I can remember shaking my head when Jerry said the same thing before turning 60 — and my body is saying, “OK, but at a little more tempered pace.”

Overtraining doesn’t vault you to new levels of performance. Rather, it slows you down.

I’m listening to my body.

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