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.


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

Anonymous 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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