I can honestly say the events that happened today I could have never expected. This morning I woke up at 4:30 to go to the pool and felt fatigued before I got out of bed. My resting heart rate was 62 – compared to 44 yesterday morning. After a few snooze button hits nothing changed. I texted my training partner to let her know I was sleeping in and set my alarm for 7:00. Listening to my body is so important and it was telling me to rest. I expected today to be a rest day when I went back to sleep. Boy was I wrong.
I felt a bit better when I got up and dressed for work, but a hazy feeling persisted. Despite feeling tired, I decided to put my swim gear and gym bag in my car and go to the pool after work. My training partner had texted me that she swam the 1,900 meter time trial we had scheduled and she was 3 seconds over her goal time. A good pace and 5 minutes faster than her swim last year in the half iron tri. Her message motivated me to give it a try. All day I felt tired but still made it to the pool to swim. I am glad I did. Despite being tired and dealing with calf cramps the last 500 meters (note to self, don’t wear high heels all day before swimming a 1,900 time trial) I did it in 40:10. I was hoping for 39:59 or better, but under the circumstances I was very happy.
After my swim I wet to a friend’s home for a shopping party – CAbi clothes for those familiar. She lives about 45 minitutes from my home. I planned on picking out what I liked that I saw on line and slipping out early to get to bed. When I discovered I locked my key in my car those plans changed. Ugh. Fortunately a friend who lives close by came to the rescue. He lent me his car to get home tonight. I will take my spare key back tomorrow (after I ride 50 miles on my bike in the morning) and get my car while returning my friend’s car.
So my rest day turned into a long day with a good workout. I could look at the day and think what a mess. But I choose to see it this way – I got to sleep in, swam a very good time trial, spent time with good friends and realized that a good friend is willing to help when I am in need. Yep, life is good.