Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The things that make me Smile!
Days like today are the days that feed my quest for the start line. As the day moved forward today, I went through the typical justification period of going for my workout. Talking to myself about why or why not, the whole time knowing that ultimately I was going and I wanted to. Am I different than the rest of you?? I seem to waste time with these internal discussion when I know the answer the entire time. So, guess what, like planned I went to the pool. Today I started a new part to my swim workout, I decided I would start to time my swims in order to have a point to build from as I continue the chase! Up to this point I have been going to the pool with not a whole lot of structure. A couple of workouts were done with a drill routine, but most have been about putting in some miles and building up to a point where I gained confidence in my ability to get out of the water at an IM. I think that it is somewhat incredible what can be accomplished when you put your mind to something. Remember, in June I could not swim 25M without the lifeguard being concerned for my well being. I set my mind to it and now I am doing regular 2500-3000M workouts and looking forward to open water swims in the spring. It is serving well in fueling my IM fire!
My times workout today was another confidence builder. I finished a 2500M workout in 49 minutes. Hey, I certainly am not going to make it to Kona with that, but, I wont be looking for the rescue boat to hold on to at 100m of my swim as I did on a sprint tri last summer. It served as good swim to set a benchmark and to set the pace for where I need to get to. IN my training it is awesome that I can finish the workout fresh. Within less than a minute after i am done my HR is already down 60-70%, and I feel like I could go and add some more mileage. My only concern that I am addressing is an old shoulder ski injury. I am going to do some resistance training and build the muscle which will prevent injury as well as help me in my overall swim. I am seeing the physio guy tomorrow and will get my list of preventative 'medicine' to keep me going in the right direction. I have to thank Total Immersion swimming for going from zero to confident over the past few months! I will get out of the water in Wisconsin with the energy and calmness to finish the event! This week I have a couple more water workouts and then, take a try and see if I can swim the distance. I am actually looking forward to the swim!