It's really not that hard finding motivation here in blogoland. I have such fine friends and all you guys are such great athletes. Every once in a while, someone new comes along to provide you with fresh incentive to push yourself to the limit, try something new, go for the gold. I have to admit to being really impressed with Duane and John. Duane, because of his perseverance and drive to overcome physical challenges and injury to reach his goal of Iron, and John, because he pushed himself to the limit of what his body was capable of on the run, took a step back, and said, "This is where I go from here." Where he was at was impressive.
These things were on my mind yesterday as I entered the pool. I am basically picking back up from where I left off before recovery week. Forty-eight minutes is what the planned called for, and forty-eight minutes is what I was going to give. Now, usually when I have fifty minutes or so, I do a warm up then sets of 500s, because again, that's what the plan recommends. On my last long swim I did an 800 meter swim straight, and I felt good. This time, I got a wild hair up my butt (my father's favorite term), and decided that I was just going to swim to see how far I could go. I needed a fresh shot of perspective.
So I swam. and I swam. and I swam. It was hard in the first 500 meters, but eventually the muscles in my arms relaxed, and my breathing fell into a rythm. As I passed the 500 meter mark, I kept going. I've been here, I thought. I can do this. I swam further, and I passed the 800 meter mark, and I kept going. I tried hard to relax, let my core muscles do the work and glide effortlessly through the water, right pass the 1000 meter mark. and I swam, and swam. What's even more miraculous is that I didn't lose count of my laps! Its easy when you keep repeating the correct lap number over and over in your mind :-)
All in all, I swam 1600 meters, a mile, in 29:40. Perspective gained.
Is that good?
OCN: 2100 meters, 1x250 warmup, 1x1600 freestyle, 1x250 warm down