This morning I thought I would work in my 100 meter swim time trial during a regular workout. When I finished I was not pleased with my time, even my training partner gave me an “awe shucks” expression when I told her 1:52 – the time I did in January and February. Last month I was at 1:48. So I told her this was my trial trial swim. Or as she put it, my pretrial. My warm up was different, my contact lens came out before I swam the 100, and there were a few other distractions at the pool. My head and my body were not in it. Since I always look for something good, my flip turns are getting stronger every time I swim. Tomorrow I will go at it again. I know I could have pulled under water a bit harder, so I will give it my all.
This evening it was sunny and in the low 50’s – perfect for a run. My legs are still feeling the pain from my long run yesterday, but that was not going to stop me. I went out for an easy 4 miles and felt great. I had a good pace for me for an easy run – 11:00 minute miles. This included some of the hills I have a love/hate relationship with. My heart rate did not spike, my mind was in it, and my body felt good. I am feeling the need to stretch now, but it is a good ache.
My day was framed with two workouts that delivered the opposite results of what I expected. I had hoped my swim would have been strong and fast and my run was to be an easy recovery. Instead my swim was slower than I hoped and my run was one of my most enjoyable runs. Go figure. Expectations and reality are not always in alignment. Did I have realistic expectations? I believe so, but that didn’t change reality. I have learned from it and will make modifications. I know I would rather go through this process now than in August when my half iron triathlon is September 9th. This is a good reason when it is important to keep a training routine going year round. A lot of practice is necessary to get fit, stay fit, and fine tune the areas of improvement. I looked up a definition for “pretrial” – a proceeding held before an official trial, especially to clarify points. My points have been clarified, now for the trial.