Another snow day, and I could not make it into work this morning. It was a research day with only 2 patients, with whom I talked on the phone, so it was not that bad. The snow day meant that later in the day we went to the Y and I had an awesome swim.
After my last post, I realized that I need to kick it up a bit with the swimming. I have learnt that when I feel like I am improving, I get excited to do more in the particular sport (eg., mega biking and running in January). Also, although I know that even though swimming is the shortest part of a triathlon, it is very important because it sets the day up, etc, I still feel I can skimp on it (I know I don't really, but by comparison with my running and biking I do).
Today I was determined to have a hard, good, long swim. No, I did not feet like getting in the water. My mom and Petru dropped me to the Y on their way to toy shopping, and I told them to give me 70 minutes, which meant that I was going to either swim more than my typical mile, or wait around. I hate wasting time, so I knew right away I tricked myself. Ha, ha, ha!
I warmed up for 400m (50 free, 50 breast) and then did the main set, a ladder 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400 with the first 1/2 of the interval slower, focusing on form, and the second 1/2 faster, keeping form. I took 3-5 yoga breaths between intervals. Then I cooled down with 200 back stroke, for a total of 1.5 miles!
I felt better and better in the water, and swam amazingly well for the 400meter interval. I am always surprised as to how I get stronger and stronger the longer I swim. I was probably slower in my first 50 meter interval than in the last 50 meter of the 400meter intervals.
So swimming in on! I feel I am getting better and I take that as a sign that I am going to enjoy getting in the pool for longer swims!
Speaking of signs...please, please let it NOT snow any more. No more snow days! Petru is obsessed with signs and today he made over 50 of them which he placed on the walls of not only his room, but also the living room, dining room, kitchen....
Building a clock
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