elisariva

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

Blossoming Into Summer

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After nearly six weeks of pampering my sprained ankle I ventured into the pool without an ankle brace. I also brought my fins for a kick set. I am back! My swim this morning was a very good one. I did my usual 1,000 meter warm up which included 200 meters of kicking. It felt good, my ankle was a little strained at first, but adapted quickly. I also incorporated my flip turns. I swam a total of 2,500 meters.

Over the past six weeks I have noticed my times were a bit slower than before my injury. I am sure I was a bit more gentle on my ankle, but this morning everything was in sync. My main set included two 500 meter pyramids – building up 25 – 50 – 75 – 100 meters and then back down. My times were all within my goal times – before my injury. Seeing my times was so encouraging to me. Swimming continues to be the most challenging sport in triathlon for me to see large improvements. This morning was just what I needed.

With Memorial Day weekend here, so too is the unofficial start of Summer. My hometown celebrates with a weekend long event called Blossom Time. Everything a Norman Rockwell style town would have – hot air balloon races, a carnival with rides, parades, bands and of course a 5.25 mile race on Sunday morning. A runner living in Chagrin Falls has little excuse not to participate in the race, so far be it from me to not support my local community. I will be running in the race on Sunday. Notice I didn’t write “racing on Sunday.” I am incorporating it into my 7 mile long run scheduled for Sunday.

With my ankle improving, my swim back to normal, and running a race this weekend – I too feel that I am “Blossoming” as Summer approaches. I have been down with not being able to do all I want to do, now that is changing and just in time for summer. The responsible voice is reminding me to take it carefully – within the realm of enjoying Summer training of course. Seize the day – because time slips away just like hour glass sand… And that is what I intend to do.

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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