Well, the weekend turned out great ... until we returned home Sunday evening and I crashed. But, the good news is that this crash may help me pinpoint my crash threshold.
We arrived at the campground on Friday morning and, over the next three hours, took our time leisurely setting up the tent and the rest of the camp. Although this activity involved brief spurts of intense energy, I went about it slowly and rested between tasks. No problem. I felt fine that evening and the next day.
On Sunday morning, however, we had to pack up the camp more rapidly because we'd made plans to leave at the same time as our friends and meet for lunch in Santa Barbara. This packing process was essentially the same process as the unpacking process, only in reverse. So theoretically, it should have taken about the same amount of energy and thus, no crash. The difference I believe was, this time, I crammed the whole process into about an hour.
As usual, I felt fine during the activity, but as soon as it was over and there was a letdown (i.e. getting in the car and sitting down), I could tell I'd overdone it. I felt extremely weak.
By the time we'd parked the car on State Street in Santa Barbara, I'd recovered a little. We did meet our friends for lunch, and I'd regained some energy. I was hoping that whatever I'd felt in the car had been just a false crash. But any hope of it being a false crash was extinguished about an hour after arriving home when I went into full crash mode, with aching, flu-like symptoms and shortness of breath. I woke this morning in an even worse state. So, I think I may have learned a valuable lesson about pacing, namely:
I should mention that there are a few other possible causes of this crash, although I think they are less likely. Nevertheless, I want to record them for my own future reference:
- I switched from Famciclovir to Valacyclovir on Saturday night when the Famciclovir ran out. Could this be a start-up reaction? Probably not.
- Both of the babies on the trip were sick, and C once sneezed directly on my face. Could this be a regular viral illness?
- I forgot my B12 supplementation on Sunday. Could that cause a crash this severe? Doubt it.