03 November 2006

I can swim.

Near as I can figure I haven't been in the pool since 9/29. That would be 5 weeks ago. I wasn't sure I remembered how to swim. But I do and that's a good thing :)

It finally stopped raining here so getting out of bed was a tiny bit easier this morning.

I actually enjoyed the mental battle I had this morning, probably because I won.

Alarm goes off and I turn it off.

I should get up.

I don't want to. It's Friday, lets just stay in bed. We'll start tomorrow.

But I feel like crap.

Swimming won't make that much of a difference.

It can't make me feel worse.

But the pool might be crowded, it might be cold, it might not even be open.

Yeah, and tomorrow might never come.

At that I jumped out of bed and got moving.

So the swimming wasn't spectacular but I was just there to swim. No goals, no times, no expectations, just swim. And I did. I did 1000 m in 33 minutes. I did 200 m kicking, 100 m backstroke, 200 m pull, and 500 m just swimming. I did not push it and it felt really good.

In one of the frums for raceAthlete.com (which I cannot seem to find again), the coach told IronPol to swim everyday for 30 days to get better. When I first read that I thought no way. I could never do that and really, is that the best way to train. After really thinking about it though I changed my mind. Thinking back on when I learn anything I always do it all the time at first. I tend to do it slow and then the more I do it the faster I get. So I've decided to take up the challenge. Today was day 1. I will swim every day for 30 days and see what happens. One of my problems is not being completely comfortable in the water. I figure this will help that in a big way. So until Dec. 3rd I swim every day.

That's really all I have to say for now. I'm going to get to work and maybe get out of here early.

2 comments:

sharon said...

OK Flo you be the guinnea pig. YOU do the 30 days of swimming and tell me if it works. No amount of drills or swimming I seem to do makes me any faster. I am more "comfortable" in the water, but never faster. I gave up. I only swim now when I have a race around the corner.
It seems like we have a lot in common. 40 something, a little overweight, I'm in science (microbiologist) and I can't seem to step away from the cake.
My husband is a great cyclist. Florida state champion and a bike mechanic by trade. Maybe I can talk him into giving you some bike buying advice. Good luck

beansprout said...

I like this idea a lot! Maybe I'll give it a try. I have to get back in the water but it's winter here and I hate it. This would be good motivation. Looking forward to hearing how it goes.

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