Since today is Friday, I met my training partner at the pool to swim. That is where our regular routine this summer changed a bit. First, it was raining, a rare occurrence this summer. As a result we swam in the indoor pool. Second, since we did a time trail on Wednesday, we swam what would have been our Wednesday 3,000 meter swim. The pool was crowded and being indoors the acoustics made it very loud. At first I had a little difficulty hearing my Finis tempo trainer beeping. I had to concentrate a little more during my warm up and soon got into the rhythm and I was able to count strokes to the beeps. It actually helped me tune out all of the distractions. After a 1,000 warm up I went into my 1,900 main set. This week is the descending sets of 550 meters down to 50 meters. I also am working on incorporating the two beat kick in with my stroke. At times I had it down, other times I was off a bit. It will take time. One thing I noticed, my Total Immersion method is working. This was my fastest at this set this year, averaging 2:06 per 100 meters. A very encouraging morning.
The weather forecast is not so encouraging. I have plans to go to a baseball game this evening. That may or may not happen, but either way I will be in good company. Now that is encouraging. As Kris Allen reminds us, we only have 86,400 seconds in a day. Most days I spend 7,200 or more seconds training and hopefully 25,200 sleeping. Factor in work and other responsibilities and I have about 20,000 seconds or less “free”. How I spend them means so much. I don’t want waste any. Spending time with friends so important to me is one of the best ways.
Enjoy the day, cherish those dear to you, and make each second count.