Learning and Pancakes

I think it is possible to learn something every day, and many of my fellow bloggers have taught me a great deal. Today I learned that while here in the States today is most often referred to as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, after reading several blogs I learned that many other countries refer to it as Shrove Tuesday or better yet, Pancake Day. Unfortunately I was not able to eat pancakes today in celebration, but I celebrate the knowledge I gained! And eating a few pancakes after my speed swim this morning would have been a nice way to refuel.

Today is Tuesday, speed set day. I also think I am going to add another speed day on Thursday and swim endurance sets on the other days. The good news is I was able to complete all of the speed workout within the desired sendoff times. My first 4×100 on 2:20 were strong coming in between 2:10 to 2:03, the “dreaded” 4×200 is not so dreaded anymore and I was able to come in between 4:20 and 4:12 in descending order on a 5:00 send off. Now the not so good news (trying to be positive here), the last 4×100 I completed on a 2:15 send off, but I still am struggling to come in on descending times. I was consistent at 2:07. Hence my addition of another speed workout in the week to build my endurance within speed workouts. My friend/coach mentioned he has another speed workout for me which I haven’t received yet. (Hint hint if you are reading…) All in all, it was a good workout adding another 3,000 meters total swimming.

This evening my training partner and I were back to lifting weights and now we are in the endurance phase which is two sets of 12-15 reps. Since we took last week off we opted for 12 reps. Tomorrow in the pool I will know how my lifting went, but for now I feel good. And I feel right – my fatigue is gone, I am in a good place, and feeling at peace. Another thing I am learning is to analyze my workouts and modify where I need improvement – adding another speed swim workout for example. Oh, and the count down is on, eight days left in February, six I will be in the pool swimming plus one I will dedicate to my most challenging lesson of all – flip turns. I set a goal of flipping during my swim warm up by the end of the month. You can bet your pancakes I will do it.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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