Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate

Since Tuesdays have been speed workout days for me for so many years, I made an adaptation – it is now my swim speed workout day. This morning I took on the speed workout that I attempting last week only to be cut short due to asthma coughing. The main set is made up of three parts – 4 x 100 meters swimming progressive 25 meters all out fast, 4 x 200 adding 50 meters each time all out fast, and finally 4 x 100 adding 25 meters all out fast. Last week I made it through the first 100’s and had to stop after my first 200. Today I made it through all 200’s and then my legs started cramping. Badly. As I swam through the last 200 I realized I did not drink much water yesterday and naturally I am dehydrated when I wake up. Perfect storm for cramps. So I made it through two thirds of the workout logging in 2,400 meters in total. Next week I will push for the full workout.

This afternoon I had an easy run maintaining my heart rate in zone two for an hour. It was the perfect fall late afternoon that beckoned me to run outside. One thought of it reminded me of the hills I face no matter which direction I go. Did I want to jog/walk, or run? I wanted to run – so I headed downstairs to my basement and ran 5 miles in the prescribed 60 minutes and my heart rate averaged 130 – zone two all the way. Even inside, it still felt good. It was a run. How could it not? I drank plenty of water throughout the day and even added a nuun electrolyte tablet to one of my tumblers of water. It worked and my legs held up well on the run.

As detailed and scheduled as I am, sometimes important things slip my mind. Like adequately hydrating daily. Every once in a while I do this, then I cramp, and then I remember and go quite a while before repeating the cycle. Very few set backs are permanent, I made a correction during the day and had a good run this afternoon. Now not all set backs and corrections are resolved in a day. Fortunately today I was able to do just that. Somethings take time. But time is measured in days, hours, minutes, and seconds. When I wake up every morning I know I have today. That in the only certainty. I can beat myself up over the downs, or go with it and focus more on the ups. I choose the ups, the view is much better.


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 “Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate

  1. Well said. For me its particularly true with swimming. Even though swimming is one of my harder workouts I never think to hydrate before or during a swim workout. For some reason I still can’t get myself to realize that just because I’m in the water doesn’t mean I still don’t need to hydrate properly.

    1. I always have a water bottle with my swim gear but rarely drink between sets. Recently I started filling it with sports drink to increase electrolytes, but I still need to improve my discipline to actually drink it. Thank you for commenting.

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