Today was a Flip Flop day in more ways than one. First, my training partner suggested on Friday that we flip our Sunday long run with our Monday swim workout after looking at the weather forecast. She is so smart. The temperature was 7 degrees at 7:00 AM this morning and I was happy to know I was heading to the pool and not outside to run 11 miles. We swam 2500 meters and I was very pleased with my time. Since it is Sunday, we had extra time after our swim and my friend was kind enough to work with me on flip turns. My second flip that turned into a flop. Not only is she smart, she has the patience of Job. And a good sense of humor. I spent more time standing in the pool pontificating about the impending flip than actually trying it. The first try I hit the bottom of the pool with my hands, did a very ungraceful handstand with feet out of the water and ended facing in the opposite direction. Not very encouraging. I would make her flip in the water and watch her under water. Looks simple enough. I have done this before successfully, but ever since I met the bottom of the pool a few weeks ago I freeze when I attempt it. And that is what I did the second try. Not much better and the hot tub was looking so inviting.
I have to find a way to overcome my fear. I also think it is a control issue. I like to be in control. Turning upside down in water is an out of control feeling for me. So I have decided to add to my side bar list of distance completed year to date the number of attempts at a flip and the number of successes. This is something I respond well to – pressure. If I put it out there, I will develop the determination to succeed.
Monday workouts also include a shorter, easy run. Since this is Monday’s workout today, I ran 5 miles this afternoon. It had warmed up to 26 degrees and the sun was out, so I put on the layers, my music, and yes – in January – my sunglasses and went out for a 5 mile run. I loved every minute of it. It was the perfect top off to the day. I remember not too many years ago it was difficult for me to run 5 miles without taking a walking break. Now I run an easy 5 miles straight through at a pace much faster than my fastest running pace a few years ago. This run was confirmation I will look back at this post one day and wonder why I thought a flip turn was so hard to do.