Because the important moments in life just don’t fit in a status update! I started this blog when I was training for my first ½ Ironman, (70.3 miles) to record what I hoped would be growth and progress but ended up being a huge learning experience. Although fitness is one of the key ingredients to a happy life, it certainly isn't the only ingredient. My blog has evolved to document growth, progress and setbacks in other areas too. From my surprise proposal in Rome and wedding in the fall of 2013, to Mom's devastating stage IV cancer diagnosis and death 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant. Who knows what shape it will take, but thanks for being along for the ride.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ethereal

Workout:
Ran 3 miles in 25:41
Swam 1,300 yards


Warm-up (200)
Main set (1,000):  
4 x 25  #1 (9-3-9); #2 (FTD); #3 (rotation kick); #4 (catch-up freestyle)
200 pull 
12 x 25 free @ :45 - breathing every 3 strokes 
400 free- with as few breaks as possible
Cool-down (100)


When our swimming coach told me two weeks ago that to her, swimming was ethereal, I nodded and smiled politely having no idea what she was talking about. To me, it was more hellish than heavenly. But today, I kinda got a glimpse of what she was talking about. About midway through my main set, I went somewhere else, just like I do on my long runs and lost track of time. I've progressed enough in just three week to no longer be constantly struggling and I was able to look around, under water and appreciate the reflections of light, insulation of sound and bubbles that floated in front of me each time I stroked. I felt weightless and efficient, gliding through the water. You might say that I even enjoyed it! 


That enjoyment was fleeting, because after I completed the 12 x 25 (or, 12 laps) I took a look at my workout sheet and felt like I'd been tricked. 400 free didn't look like much, but doing the math, I realized it was actually 16 laps. I bartered with myself, saying that if I completed 200 (8 laps) I could cheat and make the last 200 a pull (with buoy between my legs) instead of a swim. But, just like on my long runs, once I was 1/2 way through it, I decided to just finish it proper. It felt so good to be done, and to be noticing some improvement!!!

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