You are accumulating fatigue, but probably not in a way that builds fitness. There are plenty of examples of successful structured training while balancing a physical day job. Steve House has written about working as a guide while training (and how ignoring the fatigue of the day job can lead to overtraining). Ed Viesturs worked full days of light construction, swinging a framing hammer, before going out for his weekday 8-mile run. He used that fitness to climb 8,000m peaks without oxygen. You might find that focusing on building a stronger aerobic base, with more Zone 1 work and some strength training, might make both your weekend activities and day job easier.
I have been a weekend warrior for a couple of decades now but have had a difficult time adhering to any sort of structured training. I believe the crux of my problem is that I have a physical job that keeps me on my feet and variably active all day. This makes recovery from big weekend efforts take longer and can make after work efforts more difficult to get motivated for, more notably as I get older. I have been wondering lately if the activity I am doing during the day counts as “zone 2 training” and how I can adapt and work around it rather than work against it. Is there a way measure this? I still have so much I want to accomplish.
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