Sunshine

I woke up this morning feeling much better in spirit and headed to the pool. During my swim, I saw something I have not seen in ten days – sunshine! Thanks to the time change, the sun rises while I am swimming and the reflection bounces off of the building across from my gym shining its light right into the pool. Of course I had a great swim! I did a total of 3,000 meters with the main set made up of 8 x 25, 50, 75, and 100 meters each. The goal is to maintain a consistent pace. I was able to do fairly close to even pace. My 25’s and 50’s were a bit faster than 2:00 pace per 100, my 75’s all were spot on at 1:30 each and my 100’s ranged between 2:00 and 2:03 with one at 2:04. I finished feeling strong, encouraged, and excited to get out in the sunshine.

Fortunately I left for the gym before the voting polls opened, so I left in the early afternoon to vote. Spending time in the sunshine was glorious. It is amazing how sunshine can literally brighten my spirits. I was fortunate that I did not have to wait in line to vote and I even got a Tootsie Roll after I entered my ballot. A nice little treat.

This afternoon I ran at my gym. The downside of the time change is that it gets dark earlier and I had a 60 minute easy run scheduled. I ran on the treadmill and maintained a good pace. Of course after 1.5 miles in to my run I realized I forgot to use my inhaler. I felt good, a little pressure, but I wanted to run through it and see how I held up. I finished having run 5.25 miles, my heart rate averaged 134 – right in zone 2, and I felt good but my lungs felt tight. As soon as I got to the locker room I used the inhaler – it helped but not entirely. It definitely is a preventative measure more than anything. I have gotten in to the routine of using it in the morning but I still have to remember to use it for my second workout on Tuesdays and Fridays. After how I feel today, I think I will remember better next time.

Despite a little chest tightness, I still had a good day. The sun shined – really, that could cover a multitude of blahs after being hidden for 10 days. As I left the gym today, I cut through the pool and again I saw the Masters Swim Coach. He waived and asked how my workouts went today. I told him about my swim and he made a very interesting observation. My swim workouts are more grab bag – find a speed swim for Tuesday, pick an endurance swim for Thursday, and toss up what I swim on Saturday. Once I begin full training in January for the half ironman race in June, I should have more structure. He has my attention now. I told him I will contact him in December when I get back from my marathon and talk more. I think I just may have found a triathlon coach.

Decisions, decisions – today is full of them. I have time to commit to hiring a coach, although it is looking good in his favor. Shall I say the early polling results favor the coach? Living in Ohio, I am so happy for today. Happy to exercise more than my body but also my right to vote. Happy that the political ads and computer calls are over.  (happy dance!) And happy that for being a “fly over” state most of the year, now Ohio has the nation’s attention as to who will win the state. A reminder that sometimes things (or states, or inhalers, or workouts, or sunshine) may not seem incredibly significant until it matters. I hope to live life not taking anything for granted – workouts, breaths, votes. I want to make it count.

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