I am supposed to be focused on running right now, and I'm doing my best to do that, but I'm having so much fun swimming!
I've always been a loner athlete. I love working out by myself, it is sometimes the only chance that I get to be alone with my thoughts. Never in a million years did I think I would get so much out of a group workout, but I love masters swimming. Granted, there are never more than 7 or 8 of us and I typically always have a lane to myself but it has been really beneficial. Not only have I started swimming all four strokes but yesterday I had the chance to do timed swims and learn how to dive off of the blocks. I think part of the reason I love running so much are those endorphin's you get after a run, it makes the pain and suffering all worth it. I've never experienced those with swimming or cycling. But yesterday, I did.
The nice thing about swimming a timed 50 is that you can go all out, there is no pacing yourself for a longer swim or pacing yourself for a bike and run after your swim. I really enjoyed the timed swims, even though I thought I was going to hurl afterwards. It turns out those short sprints, I want to hurl feeling bring on the endorphin's!
I am relieved to report that I swam 50 yards of freestyle of faster than my 8 year old. Although that may not last long as she has a meet coming up. It also turns out that my 50 yards of breaststroke is nearly as fast as my freestyle. Coach wants to time me on 100 of freestyle next time to better gauge what I'm capable of for a 400, since that is what I swim most in the triathlon swim leg.
This weekend I'm running the Lafayette Reservoir Run, a fun community event. So don't worry, I'm getting my running in!