A Bright Rest

The weather forecast for today called for clouds and snow this morning. I woke to bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. Since I ran my long run yesterday, today is an active rest day. Nothing hard, just a 3 mile walk. What a beautiful day to walk too. I first thought I... Continue Reading →

A Mindful Day

Today was a day to exercise my mind as well as my body. I had planned by last night to run my long run today because the weather tomorrow is expected to be snowy all day and today was supposed to be in the upper 30's. I started the day off by meeting the life... Continue Reading →

Slowly Getting Faster

One of my common sayings is "I am slowly getting faster." Improving my speed in swimming and running is based so much on aerobic strength as well as endurance. Muscle strength is a part too, but not as much as in cycling. I also can not use tools in racing to get faster on the... Continue Reading →

Climbing Pyramids

Today was a pyramid day, and not just in swimming. I swam 3,000 meters this morning and did three 500 meter pyramids after my 1,000 meter warm up. Between the first two pyramids I pulled for 200 meters to recover and warmed down with a 100 meter pull. A 500 meter pyramid is building up:... Continue Reading →

Training the Forrest Gump Way

My friend has given me swim workouts and is somewhat of a coach to me, or drill sergeant if you will. Yesterday he told me to pace myself on my swim intervals with the last being the fastest. This morning I swam 2,500 meters and chose a workout that finished with a fast 200 and... Continue Reading →

Hurdles

It is humbling when someone you respect shares words of encouragement to keep you going when you are frustrated with your training. It is even more humbling when it is your own words being repeated to you. This morning I did a speed swim set of 3,200 meters total my friend had created for me.... Continue Reading →

Perspective and Accomplishment

Perspective can be a funny thing. When I think of a 45 to 50 minute workout, my first reaction is "no problem". This morning I swam 2,500 meters and came in at 59:29 total including rests. My latest goal has been to complete 2,500 under an hour. Of course now that I have done that... Continue Reading →

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