Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Oof!

Masters is kicking my butt - but in a good way!  My original plan had been to do masters on Mon & Wed nights, and spin on Tues & Th nights.  But I'm going to need to adjust that plan, at least until I get used to swimming so much.

I'm swimming for twice as long and twice as many yards as I'd been doing on my own.  Truth be told as much as I enjoy swimming, if I'm swimming on my own I would just become bored after about 700 yards or so.  So I'd force myself to get to 1000, then call it a day.  I'm really enjoying the structure of having someone tell me what to do and the variety of the sets.  But damn, I'm exhausted the next day.

So it's - once again - time to draw up/revise the old training plan so I can be sure I'm getting in enough swimming and cycling.  The triathlon that I plan to do in April has some HILLS, so there is no faking it on the bike.




Friday, February 20, 2015

On Being Brave

I saw this shirt a few months ago and decided that I had to have it.

Be brave. Be thankful.
I think it's a great sentiment and a great reminder to me of how I want to live my life.  I spend too much time reluctant to step outside my comfort zone that I sometimes feel stuck in a rut of my own making.  So I'm purposely trying to be brave this year and doing things that make me uncomfortable.  And I'm trying to be more thankful that I'm able to do these things that make me uncomfortable.  Yes, it makes me sad that I can no longer run, but I still have legs and I can still walk.  I have a job, a home, food in my kitchen, and people and a dog who love me.  I have so, so much to be thankful for.

So this week I finally took the big step and did something that I've been talking about doing for maybe two years.  I went to my first masters swim workout...and it was AMAZING!  My gym had an "Intro to Masters" session on Monday morning where you could meet the coach, ask questions, and get a few swimming pointers.  So I went to that, and it turned out that only one other person showed up as well.  The coach asked us each to swim 50 yards easy, then told us both that we are ready to join masters if we wanted to.  He showed us the workout that the team had done that morning, explaining where at some points the faster swimmers did a particular section two or three times while the slower swimmers only did this once.  He said that we don't have to stay for the entire workout if it's too much for us or even if we're just short on time. (I like this because I might start going in the mornings before work once in a while.)  He told us the best days for us to come because those are the days that they only do freestyle and drills, so that would give us a chance to build endurance and get used to the workouts before tackling the other strokes.  He told us that some people on the team compete but most don't.  It was just a great opportunity to meet the coach and get an idea of what to expect.  He made it seem much less intimidating than I had built it up in my mind to be.

And with that, on Wednesday night I put on my big girl panties (big girl swimsuit?) and showed up for masters.  The coach remembered me from Monday, told me which lane would be best for me - the super slow lane, of course! - and there I was, swimming with the big kids.  The coach kept checking on me, telling me I could take as much rest as I needed, I could get out whenever I wanted, etc.  It was so much fun.  I made it through 60 minutes of the 75 minute session before my hands started cramping - most likely from the 600 yards using the pull buoy - and I just had to get out.  But I am soooo glad I mustered up my courage and went.  I'm going to be going every Monday & Wednesday nights for now.

And...I also now have another event to look forward to.  My best race buddy Meredith found a splash & dash that we can do together in April since our regular June triathlon has been cancelled.  She suggested it and I agreed, then after doing some research I started to chicken out.  But thankfully she shamed me into doing it by pointing out that they also hold a kids triathlon at the same location - so if 8 year olds can swim there, I guess I can too!  Sometimes you just need a friend to give you a little push to be brave!  And for that, I am thankful.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I Need to Commit

It's already almost mid-February and I don't have any races on my schedule.  In the past, I'd have my year's races planned out by the end of last year.  But this year things just haven't come together...yet.

However, we did get some serious rain this past weekend.  And because of it, two races that were cancelled last year due to lack of water in the reservoir are back ON!  One of them has set a date, and the second one's date is yet to be determined.  But I'm hoping they will post the date soon - and also hoping it will be late May/early June.

I have mentally committed to the Catfish 1 mile swim.  However I haven't signed up yet because I haven't decided if I'm going to do wetsuit or non-wetsuit.

The one thing I have seemed to commit to is training.  I got in some great workouts last week - including two strength training sessions.  My plan is to get in at least two strength workouts each week even if it means I skip something else.  I figure the strength work will benefit all three triathlon disciplines, and if I only get in 1 bike session or 1 walk instead of two per week every once in a while, the strength training should help make up the deficit.  I could be completely wrong on this, but I know the strength work can't hurt!

I've also committed to tracking my food - although this hasn't been going as well as my workouts.  I do well with tracking all week but just don't do it consistently on the weekends.  But I'm making an effort.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Scenes from a Lunchtime Walk

We've got rain heading our way over the next few days.  Rain, glorious rain!!! So I decided to take advantage of the nice weather today - and the fact that my boss is out of town - to go for a lunchtime walk.  I've had an extra pair of running shoes under my desk for a month waiting to get used, and I grabbed an extra shirt to change into today so I wouldn't have to sit in a sweaty shirt this afternoon.  So here are a few things that I saw on this fabulous walking path that I didn't even know existed until a few weeks ago.

The fog really hung on today.


But it really was beautiful out there.



Cue the Simon & Garfunkel, "I am a rock. I am an island."



These are salt flats.



Spring is already trying to spring forth in February.



OK, OK, I'll keep out!



I'll be back here to walk again.
It was the perfect weather for a walk.  Not too sunny and no wind at all. I'm going to have to make a habit of heading over here to walk more often.