Yesterday was just not a good day, but I got through it. When I got to the gym last night to lift weights I walked past the salon/spa and had an idea. A quick check at the reception desk and there was an opening for a facial after my workout so I snagged it. A little pampering was in order to restore some balance. After I lifted I had about a half hour before my appointment. I headed to the sauna which is off the pool. There is a Masters swim class on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the pool. I watched the instructor who was swimming. She had a long stroke that was not a real fast turn over, but she was swimming at a good clip. She moved like a long crew boat with steady even strokes. Before I went in for my facial I was able to talk with her for a few minutes. We are going to work together on one on one coaching once or twice just to get a good analysis of my stroke. The Masters class doesn’t fit into my schedule and I have good swim workouts. I was not happy at all with my time yesterday morning. Being 5’9″ tall, I should be gliding through the water faster just due to my length. My training partner is 5’3″ and passes me up in the pool. Just like my flip turn experience, if I am not getting the results I want, I am seeking help.
This morning I was able to sleep in until 7 because I have the day off for Good Friday. It was so nice to wake up and hear the birds singing. Then I realized I usually get up before the birds! I met my training partner at the pool and we swam a total of 3,000 meters. After a 1,000 meter warm up we did 3 pyramids. I decided to decrease my send off time to base it on a 2:15 per 100 meters from 2:20. A quick recap – a pyramid is 500 meters total swimming 25-50-75-100-100-75-50-25 all on sendoffs that are based on 2:15 per 100 meters. So my 25 meters were on 33 to 34 seconds, 50’s on 1:07 and so on. I pulled 200 meters between sets to get a little break. When I started my warmup I tried to swim with the long gliding stroke that I saw the instructor use. It helped! My warm up was faster than usual and the decreased time on the send off intervals in the main swim was not a problem at all. When I swam the 100’s in the main sets, I was very pleased. The first set I came in on 2:04, the last two sets I came in on 2:01. All while doing flip turns. Now why couldn’t I have done that yesterday morning? Hopefully after a coaching session or two I will improve even more.
I knew I would learn something from yesterday, it just took time. I have renewed motivation to train hard through April so I will have stronger time trial times next time. I am learning so much more through my training experience than just about swimming, cycling, and running. I am learning more about myself – my abilities, my resolve, and how to be humble. It takes humbling myself to realize sometimes I will need to seek guidance to get stronger. Sometimes my sheer determination is not enough to take my performance to the next level. Asking for help may be perceived as admitting weakness. I see it as a stepping stone to getting stronger. Otherwise I would stay in a weaker state but have my pride. And we all know what pride leads to. I’d rather have a stepping stone to lift me up than a stone to trip and fall over.