Last Monday I felt invincible, even though I could hardly hold my arms up over my head.
Over the last week, I took a big break and hardly thought about swimming at all. I went to yoga three times, lifted weights twice, and attended one awesome backyard cocktail party.
With over 600 wildfires currently burning in my province, air quality has been a huge concern for everyone. It has been gross. Not “move to Mexico to become a sex tourist” gross, but heavy, smelly, and oppressive. I take for granted the clean, fresh air I normally get to breath in my Kootenay home. I haven’t been in the lake all week – the fires need the water more than I do right now.
This week I describe my state as “in between days”, after one of my favourite songs. I have some time and space to refocus on my training plan for the next month.
So far this summer I have completed events at a variety of distance levels, from 2 km all the way up to 12 km. I worked with a specific training plan to build up to the longest distance, and I really believe that the planning made a huge difference. How’s that for not being a planner? While I am probably physiologically and mentally best suited for longer distances, my next area of focus will be to become stronger and faster in the 2km – 5km events.
I try not to take all this stuff so seriously, but taking it seriously takes my mind off other gross stuff, so here’s to focus.
This week I am sticking to the pool and plan to complete 3x 3000 metre workouts. One for speed, one for technique, and one for fun. Tonight I drove down to the Warfield outdoor pool, since today’s smoke show didn’t seem so bad.
I decided to start with the fun workout. It was weird to swim sets again, and weird to be just in a bathing suit. I felt rather naked and not very much like Catwoman. My “fun” 3100 meter workout incorporated all 4 strokes and every single one of my training tools, or my TOYS (as I like to call them, because FUN). I used my paddles, buoy, training snorkel, kick board, ankle elastic, and my bullwhip. Okay, there was no bullwhip. I could smell the smoke but it wasn’t so bad. It was really great to be back in the pool, and for the last hour, I was the only one there.
I swam IMs and 50s and 200s and 300s. I didn’t swim with the clock, I just powered through sets and hummed to myself. Mostly that Cure song.
When I was finished, I forgot that I wasn’t wearing a wetsuit and almost stripped down to my birthday suit on deck. Oops.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll try the water slide.
My hat’s off to you…be easier to declare the season over…make all your workouts FUN and hopefully your clean Kootenay air will return soon 🏊♀️❤️
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Haha – it’s not over til it snows!