This morning I tried out a few of the lessons I learned from the Total Immersion DVD I watched last night. I am working on a slower, longer stroke. My tempo trainer is set at 1.2 seconds. Believe it or not, that is longer than one would think. As slow as I think my arms are moving, my body is gliding through the water. Counting strokes is also something I am getting in the habit of doing. Previously I would take 26 to 28 strokes per 25 meters. This morning I was between 22 and 24. Add in flip turns and I am at about 28 to 31 seconds per length. If I can keep that pace then I am at 1:52 to 2:04 per 100 meters. This morning I was closer to 2:04. My kick is something I have to work on, the lifeguard pointed that out on Saturday. One of the drills is to push off of the wall and first glide with arms out and relaxed like Superman flying with wrists relaxed. Once momentum slows start flutter kicking until you can’t go any farther or need to breathe. At that point push off the floor and do it again. My first length at this it took me five push-offs to make it to the end of the 25 meter pool. I did it eight times for 200 meters. By my last length I made it in three push-offs. Progress. In all I swam 2,500 meters. I must say, while I am working on the form and getting used to it, I don’t feel much like Superman.
This afternoon I rode just over 20 miles on my bike. I mapped out a slightly different route than I usually ride. There is a monster hill I climb every ride and I wanted to mix it up and give my legs an “active rest”. Not that there were not hills, there were. In fact I did have to drop in to my small ring once on a climb. Which is what I have to do on the monster hill anyway. This ride did make me feel like I was flying in some parts. Especially a very nice half mile long down hill. If I had a red cape on it would have been flying like Superman. It was an energetic ride.
Being a super hero may have its advantages, but I am quite content being a mere mortal. Each day brings the opportunity to live life to the fullest, on a journey to be a better me. Like the song Superman, “I am just out to find the better part of me…. looking for special things inside of me.” Regardless of it is a better athlete, friend, good Samaritan, it all takes practice. And strength – which sometimes comes from within but is always blessed from above.