It is Tuesday, speed day in the pool. And it was super, even before I went to the polls to vote. I did one of my new speed workouts from Go Swim. This workout does three sets of a total of 600 meters each, working on sprints in 25, 50, and 200 meters. I really enjoy it because I am able to test my speed on three different distances and, yes, see my progress too. I swam a total of 3,000 meters and felt like I put it all out there yet was energized for the day.
What else made the day super was practicing my flip turns during my warm up and warm down. Sometimes I was doing the side roll I am perfecting by accident, and sometimes I would nail the flip. Unfortunately all but one good flip was about an inch too short of the wall. I would do a great flip and extend my legs to push off the wall that was not there. Not sounding very super, eh? Well, I was pleased that I got the flip down and grateful the pool was rather empty… not many witnesses. The fact that I am doing something I was terrified to do in December is super to me.
I lifted weights this evening, increasing the weight on some sets. It was challenging, but felt food. Again, testing the limits to improve so I don’t become stagnate. That actually sums up what makes this day super – testing the limits. Speed intervals, flip turns, strength training – all areas that are making me stronger through the challenge. Testing our limits makes us stronger, not just in sports, but in every aspect of life. Two blogs come to mind that I read today. One on expanding our learning through reading at Manage Better Now and the benefits of running and exercise at Fit Recovery. Strengthening our minds and our bodies are essential. It is easy to crash and watch television, but our brains are stronger when challenged and our bodies are meant to move. Growth comes from testing our abilities, and that is super.