Today was a day with a little bit of everything – cold at the start, sunny by the time I left the pool for work, rained during the day, and cleared later, however thunder and lightening were not far away. My training today also had a little bit of everything. I started the day in the pool with 2,500 meters in an endurance set. I am still pushing off the wall with one leg, my ankle is improving but is still tender. I don’t want to make it worse by trying to get a stronger push off the wall. I am satisfied with my overall swim times. My 100 meter repeats are still about 3 to 4 seconds slower than I would like, but I know I am holding a bit back by not kicking hard and being gentle off the wall. I am still completing my intervals on 2:15 send off and I am not panting when I go. Breathing hard, yes.
After work I wanted to ride outside. The sun had reemerged, and it would be so good to ride the roads and be outside. By the time I was set, the clouds came back and my Weather Bug app warned that lighting was spotted within 14 miles of my location. Riding in lightening – I am not that adventurous. So I went to the trainer in the basement. I did hills, so I got a good workout in. I road only for 30 minutes. The half marathon is a week from this Sunday, my focus is on my running and I don’t want to do anything to cause any more set backs.
While only swimming and cycling were on my training plan today, I did get a little sprint run in as well. After my cycle workout I took my dogs outside for a break. My smallest dog, a Maltese, has by far the most courage of my dogs. She heard a noise and set off barking to protect the homestead. Well a baby hawk was calling out and I know as big as my dog believes she is, the hawk would win – or at least do some damage. Fortunately I was still wearing my strong ankle brace, so I took off sprinting and grabbed the pup up. Not the first time I have done this either. Even though it was maybe 50 yards, it felt good to run. And I didn’t feel any pain. I was able to get all three sports in today – swim, cycle, and a run.
My experience with my dog reminded me that courage and believing in myself are essential to reach my goals. I also have to remember my limitations and push myself within a reasonable boundary of those limitations. My ankle injury has reined in those boundaries, but only for a while. Just like the hawk limited the distance my dog could run in the yard today. Normally she has the entire yard, today she had to stay a bit closer to home. When the hawk goes away, my dog can run without inhibition. Likewise I have to go easy on all three sports right now – but soon I will be stronger and those boundaries will expand. And I too will run without inhibition.