elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

A Few Snow Flakes Won’t Get Me Down

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Today was a good day even though it snowed. Yes, it is April 10th and snow flakes fell. Fortunately it didn’t accumulate – yet. My good day started when I woke up after a full eight hours of sleep. Oh joy of joys that felt good. My swim this morning went well. Amazing what a good night’s sleep can do. I did a speed workout I haven’t done in a while, the typical 1,000 warm up then 4×100, 4×200, 4×100 with pulls in between. I swam a total of 3,000 meters. My 100’s were strong, coming in between 1:58 to 2:02 for all of them and I did all with flip turns. The 200’s, once dreaded, now are just annoying. Best equated to the love/hate relationship one would have with an ex. I just want to conquer it and swim consistently in the 4:00 to 4:05 range, just to say “so there, I am strong” with a good umph at the end. Today I was closer to 4:12. Next week I should have time to work with the swim coach and hopefully will be able to correct my stroke to improve my time. Even though I didn’t swim my 200’s as fast as I would like, I am faster consistently than I was when I first started swimming this workout. So it didn’t take any of the good out of my good day.

After work I lifted weights. I am in the power phase of the periodization cycle – which means there are certain sets that the weight is increased as reps decrease. It was a challenge, but a good one and I felt strong. I also did not encounter one weight dropper. These are the muscle heads who grunt loudly and throw the weights on the floor with force. The lap pool is below, when I am swimming and that happens it sounds like thunder – and I wear ear plugs. Not having the floor ripple as I am benching a barbell is quite nice, so that added to my good day.

I realized that my good day came from within me. It was cold, it snowed, I did not swim all my sets in my desired time and I am still dealing with an emotionally draining issue. (Not to mention I just dropped my taxes off today with my accountant – I know, I know…) but how I faced the day all came from within. Granted, a good night of sleep fueled me and that helped me choose the positive. Attitude is everything, I have heard that so much – probably because it is correct. I cannot control the weather but it does not have to control me. I can take action to improve, modify, change and/or eliminate the other things that impacted me. And that I am doing. Those things won’t control me either. Seizing the day is not just getting through the day, it is living it to the fullest one day at a time. Even if it snows in April.

Author: 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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