Outdoor Swimming and Believing

This morning was perfect for a swim – in the outdoor pool. The temperature was in the low 60’s, cool to be standing outside in wet hair, but perfect for swimming in a heated pool. We swam 2,500 meters in an endurance set. The main set was made up of 6×150, 6×100, and 6×50. I was very happy with how I swam. From the first 150 meter set to the last 50 meter set, I was consistently swimming a pace between 2:02 to 2:04 per 100 meters. My goal is to be able to maintain in this range for the 1.2 mile swim in the half iron distance race in September. In the swim segment of the triathlon I did last weekend I swam much faster. It was only a half mile, I had the benefit of a wet suit and I was able to keep with the pack of swimmers, which also allowed me to draft off of the other swimmers. If the same conditions continue through triathlon season, I will be one happy swimmer.

In addition to swimming at a good pace, I was able to take in my surroundings swimming outside. When I ride and run outside I am able to look around at the beauty of nature. The majority of my swim training is inside and there is not much to see or hear. Especially in the winter when all I see is the darkness outside the wall of windows. Every sound echoes in the pool area but also blends together. This morning I could hear the splash of the water in my lane and around me, look up at the blue sky, feel the breeze on my face between sets. It was very peaceful, despite I was working hard and breathing hard. A great combination.

This afternoon begins my rest – until 7:00 Sunday morning. That is when the gun goes off on my 10 mile race. My make up for the race I could not run in April due to my ankle injury. As in all races, I have my time that I hope to finish in as well as my “oh wouldn’t it be great if” time. Regardless, I should be able to run a PR.  It is expected to be a warm day, hopefully not too warm that early. My mantra will be Believe. Believing I am enough and able to move beyond myself…

“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.” – John Bingham

 

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