Today I swam a 3,400 meter workout my friend suggest I do. It was very well thought out and the send off times were based on what I have done in my 100 meter and 1,500 meter time trials. The warm up was the now standard 1,000 meters of 500 swim, 300 pull, and 200 kick. The main set totaled 2,000 meters: 4×100 on 2:15, 1×400 on 9:00, 4×100 on 2:10, 1×400 on 9:00 and 4×100 on 2:05. Cool down was 400 pull. When I saw the main set, I did cringe at the last 4×100 on 2:05. I struggled to get all 6 100’s in on 2:10 on Tuesday. The overall time per 100 meters of the main set is 2:12. I averaged that when I did the 1,500 time trial. Unfortunately that was not the case today. My average for the main set was 2:18. I knew after the first 4×100 this was not going to be my best time. I felt as if I was swimming uphill. There is so much I can attribute it to: this is my first week of 5 swims, the older man sharing the lane with me was slower and I had to avoid bumping him, I lifted last night…. I could go on. It was just not my day. I have said before, I have to work hard at improvement. The hand I have been dealt is uneven, my passion for triathlon and my natural ability are not equal.
Motivation is what keeps me going. Today was a hard one to dig deep, but I did. And I was given a good reminder why. A fellow blogger posted an amazing story today. Please check out Manage Better Now and read about Sister Madonna Buder. I don’t want to butcher my friend’s wonderful writing, but the summary is she is a nun who holds the record as the oldest to complete an Ironman race. She has completed 45 Ironman Distances. There have also been races she didn’t complete, but she has not given up. She plans to compete this year in the 80+ age group. Some days are just not going to be the best, I mentioned that on Monday. It is my nature to analyze why it didn’t go well and what can be done to improve. I also have to be pleased that I did it, and now I have a bench mark to improve upon.
Not every workout will be an improvement of the last. Life is not that linear. We have slopes and curves and the lines are sometimes broken. But we still get from point A to point B. How we do it, what we learn from it, and how we pass it on is up to us. I am determined to make the best of it and be grateful for friends who take time to coach me and inspire me.