elisariva

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

Forward Motion

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One month ago today on July 8th I went to the pool to try out the Total Immersion method of swimming. Along the way I have seen improvement in my 100 meter pace, but the furthest I swam continuously was 550 meters in training – until this morning. My training partner and I scheduled today as our 1,500 meter time trial. Last month I was not happy with how I did – I averaged 2:09 per 100. I set my tempo trainer at 1:15 seconds and after a 900 meter warm up, I headed out for my time trial. One of the best investments I have made in my triathlon training has been my Garmin Forerunner 910XT – because it saved my from depression this morning. My goal was to swim it under 32 minutes, preferable closer to 31. I know while I was swimming I double counted a lap and thought I corrected it, in fact I thought I might be short of the 1,500 meters when I finished. Then I pressed the lap button after I took the last stroke and saw 32:44 – No. Way. Then I looked at distance – 1,550 meters. I swam too far. This watch is so detailed – I looked at the activity data and it actually records each length and time. Yep, 62 lengths, not 60. I subtracted the time for the last two lengths and came up with 31:43 for 2:06 per 100 meters. Much better. I know I have the stroke down for the Total Immersion method, it is the two beat kick that I have to work on. From the research I have done, the two beat kick dramatically improves pace. So there is still progress to make, but I am happy with the progress I made in a month.

I spent a good amount of today on the road for work – as a result I was exhausted by the time I got home. Being in the car in the sunshine after a hard workout makes me sleepy. I am learning that moving around more is actually more energizing. Before I could consider a bike ride I had to take a nap. Listening to my body is something I am getting better at and a little nap was the cure to my exhaustion.  In my hilly neighborhood there is no thing as an easy ride, but I keep reminding myself it is making me stronger. I was energized from my nap and tried out a slightly different route today. In all I road just over 23 miles in just under 16 miles per hour. Where I see the improvement is in my climbs, I am most often able to stay above 10 miles per hour and I recover quicker than I used to. That said, I am looking forward to riding my long ride this weekend in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park where it is much flatter…

Getting stronger – it is a process. My encouragement is seen in the improvement I am making. Some days I see big improvement and some days I see little improvements. Regardless, it is forward motion. Propelled by a kick, a stroke, a pedal, and step. I would not be where I am, or where I am headed, if had not taken the first ones. As imperfect as they may have been, it got me here. And I still have a long way to go, all the more reason to keep looking ahead and appreciate where I have been.

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.

5 thoughts on “Forward Motion

  1. Great progress on your swimming! My wife is training for a triathlon, have you done one?

    • Thank you. I started in triathlon twelve years ago. The past three years I have been racing triathlon races one a month June through September. Next month I will do my fourth half iron distance. It is an amazing sport, I just love it. Thank you for commenting. All the best to your wife in triathlon!

  2. I know that feeling, putting in a 2min 100meter average over 1500m feels AWESOME !!
    I trained TI swim style as well.. arent they great? anyway have fun and re-fuel yourself.

    -Isaac

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