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!

3 comments:

  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!!

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

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

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