I had a dream this morning right before my alarm went off that I was swimming. With all of the swimming I have done this year, this is the first time I can recall dreaming about it. Since I have noticed such an improvement without feeling fatigued, I woke up excited to get to the pool to actually swim. As the early morning fog quickly faded in my head, I realized today is Thursday and I am running, not swimming. I can’t say I was disappointed, I enjoy all three disciplines in triathlon. My only brief hesitation was today is an “easy” run. Translation – run the hilly streets at a pace that doesn’t have me breathing hard and I can carry on a conversation. I noticed a few things during my five mile run – I am able to go longer distances running while my heart rate stays under my target of 130, I am able to jog up hills a while before my heart rate hits the walk zone, and my heart rate is recovering quicker. All factors that lead to walking less – I still struggle with the mental aspect of walking when I know my body is more than fit enough to run. But if training consistently in my lower aerobic zones will lead to less walking and improved metabolism, I will push through the struggle. A wonderful thing happened this morning after I got home from my run. The skies opened up and poured rain for a good amount of the day. Puddles actually lasted for a while too. It has been so dry here for so long, more rain is needed but this was a good start.

This afternoon I lifted weights and changed up my ab workout. I came across a workout on another blog that featured plank exercises for abs over crunches. Since core strength is essential for swimming, cycling, and running, I am giving it a try. I frequently chuckle at how perspective can change. Wishing for rain in the middle of summer? Go long enough without rain, then wishing happens. Less than a second and a half seems so short until I try swimming with a 1.2 second stroke pace. Today I quickly learned that thirty seconds is a very long time when held in side plank.

Perspective is a funny thing. I am learning more and more that being flexible and open to modification is essential for growth. Sometimes modifications work and sometimes not, but knowledge was gained along the way. I want to keep learning because I want to keep growing. Dreaming about swimming, hoping for rain, making modifications in training – all things that are a result of my willingness to change my perspective. And also teaching me not to make quick judgements, one more step in learning to seize the day to the fullest.

Published by 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.

2 thoughts on “Perspective

  1. I just decided that I need to start planks too! They really help with lower back strength also. I need that for long, pounding runs. P.S. Sorry I’ve been away for so long! Life has gotten in the way, big time. I’ve missed reading your blog!

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