elisariva

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

A Swim To Believe In

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My swim workout this morning would have to fall in line with my mantra Believe. I mentioned earlier this month that I wanted to be able to consistently break 2:00 on my 100 meter repeats. Now in all fairness this was said in reference to the workout where I swim 19 x 100 meters. While I did not do that workout today, I did do one that had a total of 2,500 meters with a main set made up as 400, 4 x 100, 300, 3 x 100, 200, 3 x 100. So a total of 9 100 meter repeats. And the slowest one I did was 1:59. Most were 1:58, a few were 1:57 and one, the last of the 3 x 100, was 1:56. Woo. Hoo. Hoo! My longer sets were between 2:01 and 2:02. What changed? I am focusing with each workout on swimming using the Total Immersion method to glide through the water. Rather than using my strength to pull the water back on my stroke I am concentrating on driving forward with my entry. My kick is improving as well to drive my body forward. I counted strokes and was between 23 and 25 per 50 meters. My goal is to be between 20 to 22. I was at 26 to 27, so I am getting there. Once again, now my swim workout has shown me what I am capable of. One more thing to draw on and Believe when doubts arise.

This afternoon I started out later than I had planned to ride, but I still got just under 18 miles in. The plan was for 20, so I am not disappointed. Sometimes adjustments have to be made. I road the hills in my neighborhood and took it easy. As I mentioned to my training partner, with less than three weeks to go, the focus is on maintaining fitness and not getting injured. It was a beautiful late afternoon/early evening to ride and I enjoyed every mile. Even the one with the really big hill in it.

I find myself having to remember to take in the here and now. After my swim when I went into the hot tub I was so happy with how I did. I also started calculating in my mind how I should do in the race based on this pace. What more can I do to improve. And then I can hear the breaks slamming to a halt in my head. That is three weeks away. Today was a great workout. Enjoy the moment! I must say, realizing what a great swim it was for today – energized my day. I am still smiling about it. So I will enjoy the moment, seize the day, appreciate all that is around me now. For that is what I know to be true.

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.

4 thoughts on “A Swim To Believe In

  1. Awesome! It’s good to see improvement coming from training smarter, not just more.

  2. Great job! I’m so excited to hear about the race!

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