Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Sometimes you just . . . swim

This morning was my swim workout morning.

In the "old days" I would have just rolled over and gone back to sleep. I woke up feeling tired and a little achy from my hill running yesterday. But all I have to do is ask myself, "Do you want a good swim at Ironman Florida - or NOT!?" The answer to that question is easy. It gets me out the door and on my way to the yucky pool. Don't feel like it? Too darned bad. JFS. Just . . . Swim.

I had my workout all printed up and sealed inside a plastic bag to refer to during my swim. Unfortunately when I got inside the locker room it wasn't inside my bag. Gaaahhh! I later found it on the floor of my car. Oh well, do as much as you remember, and improvise. JFS. Just . . . Swim.

500 m warmups and drills.
500 m straight swim, working on correcting my fore-aft balance in the water; landing the proper catch every stroke; and balanced breathing on my left side.
500 m balance and kick drills with fins.

Then I set out to do a steady swim of 1000m for time. Back and forth, back and forth, keep the effort steady. I'm getting bored. Too bad, what are you going to do when you're bored at Ironman Florida? You're going to JFS. Just . . . Swim. OK, you hit your target at 500m. Keep going. But I'm getting tired! My stroke is falling apart. Too darned bad. JFS. Just . . . Swim.

But the straw that broke the camel's back? Somehow around lap 15 of my timed 1000 meters, I reset my watch counter completely. I erased everything - my lap counts and my times. I was lost. I was really, really annoyed. I got out of the pool and went to sulk in the hot tub. I counted it as somewhere around 2250 total meters for the workout.

Back at it on Saturday in the good pool. I always enjoy my swimming there much more. It's a date.


mipper said...

great job just the same. i'd be annoyed too with the erase of data. i am proud of you for going through it though! great job.

just keep swimming, just keep swimming... :)

Spence said...

Nice job getting out the door...that's truly 3/4 of the battle and you did it. Keep that focus on IM FLA and you won't go wrong!! Fear, dread or excitement, anticipation...whatever works to get you to the start and it'll all be worth it...

Fe-lady said...

Trust me, you will be ANYTHING but bored during your IMFL swim!
Good job...JF...(fill in the blank)
Swim, Run, BIke, sit ups, push ups..wieghts!) :-)
Love it!

Rainbow said...

I had to really convince myself this morning to go for my swim instead of sleeping in. I feel good now, but oh so tired.

Good job in the pool.

jessie_tri_mn said...

Love the attitude!

It's funny how something like erasing that watch can really bring a workout down.

Cliff said...

I found that my left side i am very ackward. Just gotta work at it. JFS for sure...

Mojo said...

Awwww, that sucks you erased the counter on the watch! I would have been pissed.

Awesome long, swim though! I know you felt better when you were finished!

Lisa said...

I hate it when I hit the wrong button and erase everything. It makes me feel like I didn't do anything.

JFS is what I tell myself and I love to swim. It's the running part that gets me. JFR. Run, darn you! :)

TriMom217 said...

JFS....I love it! I'll remember that the next time I just want to throw in the towel so to speak.