Remember the joy of a child successfully spelling the alphabet for the first time? Well that is how I felt today when I was able to spell out the alphabet with circular motions using my sprained ankle while soaking in the hot tub after my swim this morning. All done without pain. I had little shouts of joy front the inside. My swim this morning was 2,200 meters. I have resolved to allowing my body to tell me how far I am going to swim. Deep down I wanted to get in 3,000, and I believe I had the energy to do it. I did not expect my good leg to cramp up to the point where I couldn’t even swim with a pull buoy. Dehydration was a factor I am sure, along with my right leg being the favored leg for the past week. So the little motion exercises added a bit of sunshine to my workout. Which helped considering it has be dark, damp and in the low 40’s today.
This afternoon I tried out my stationary bike I have in my basement. I road for 30 minutes and felt good. My ankle was in a brace and I made sure to pedal with balanced weight on each leg. I just may be able to get in a spin class or two this week. Again, being able to ride for a little bit did so much more than just energize my body. It energized my spirits. I was reasonable and did not push it with a long ride, even though I really wanted to go for an hour. So I am balanced practicality with testing my abilities to see how I am progressing. The smiling child in me is excited to swim in the morning now, I think I may be able to flip turn and gently push off the wall.
Today is my niece’s 21st birthday, it seems like just a few years ago she was a young girl and now she is a grown, very independent young lady. She always has had an adventurous and playful spirit and that is something I hope she never outgrows. The joys a child experiences lights up from the inside. I take my training seriously, but I don’t ever want to lose the inner child that is having fun. Life is too short and I want to experience the fun that comes along with every moment. I want my inner child to shine through from the inside.