Joy Along the Journey

I woke up this morning to find my little head cold growing and I sounded like Edith Ann. I didn’t have a fever and figured it wouldn’t get in my way of swimming, so off to the pool I went. So glad I did. Today is Tuesday – speed day in the pool. I found a few new workout on Go Swim and wanted to try one out. The main set is simple, so my cold stuffed head could remember without a cheat sheet. Three sets of 8×25, 4×50 and 1×200. The first set the 200 is all out, second set the 50’s are all out and the last set the 25’s are all out. The not push sets should be swam about 2 seconds slower. Since it is a speed workout there is ample rest. The 25’s were on 45 second send offs and the 50’s were on 1:20. No set time was suggested for the 200, but I am too structured so I chose 5:00. The no longer dreaded 200 all out I did in 4:02. I was so pleased with my time, I am really looking forward to my 100 time trial on Thursday. I did that with a cold, so I expect my 100 to be better than my last two time trials of 1:52. My all out 50’s were on 55 seconds and my 25’s were on 25 seconds. No, I didn’t flip turn in this set. I did flip for my warm up and warm down and only missed the wall once. And to quote Edith Ann “and that’s the truth.”

This evening I am lifting and getting to bed early. Sleep is the most important thing for me when I have a cold. I could have skipped training today, but I know I would have felt guilty. Listening to my body is important, and I do. Nothing told me I had to skip, I felt great in the pool and energized through the day. Bumps in the road are inevitable, but I am able to stay the course. I hope there won’t be days that are so bad I have to skip a workout, but if that happens I will adjust. My goals are to stay healthy, improve my speed, and complete several challenging races this year. My goals are my destination, my road is my day to day activities. I believe life is all about the journey, and I want to experience as much joy in every day as I am able. I don’t feel guilty today because I got my swim in this morning. I also don’t feel guilty indulging in a grab bag of Fritos while I type this. Comfort food also helps my cold. And that’s the truth.

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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