Monday, April 06, 2009

Will race for motivation

It snowed last night, not much, but enough to cover the grass. Psychologically I had to give myself an extra push to get out the door for my swim, which makes no sense, since I am swimming indoors. I'm glad I had the race on my calendar because I enjoyed the swim once I got there, but I needed to think about race day to get myself out the door. No wonder I tend to put on weight over the winter and lose it in the summer!

I swam my usual mile, which is 70 laps in the pool I use, but just to mix things up, I did 30 of those laps (so almost half a mile) without stopping to rest. Since I completely stink at flip turns, I think this is as good an approximation of the swim I'll be doing in late June as I can get in a pool. It made me feel more confident that with 12 more weeks of training, I'll be fine. I love how I feel in the pool. I am much more graceful in the water than on land. Swimming is the one athletic talent I seem to have without working too hard at it. I have big hands and feet so maybe I was supposed to have flippers!

I think the big thing I will need to work on is the bike. I'm doing my Spinning classes once a week, but I'm looking forward to nicer weather so I can get out and ride. I am not enthusiastic about getting on a bike until it's at least 70 degrees out.

It feels like things are coming together nicely. Having something to train for really makes a difference. I'm not nearly as motivated if I am just working out to lose weight. Picturing myself on the start line and thinking about how I want to feel that day, now that's motivation!


  1. Snow? Aw, I feel your pain. You're getting the weather we just got done with. But the good news is that there's a couple days of real nice weather headed your way. Maybe it will get there for the weekend!!

  2. Sorry for the silly question, but how do you manage to not lose count on the laps?

  3. Hey, I also regularly swim a mile - I'm you count up or down from 70?? I have to count down, makes it go quicker!!


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