The snow has stopped and it is beautiful to see the trees covered with white frosting. The roads also were clear, however I played it safe and ran inside this morning at my gym. While I am confident to stay clear of patches of ice or snow when I run, I have no control over the cars driving in my path. So I did what I am learning so well this year, take control over what I am able and not worry about the rest. One more thing I have to take control over – better hydration. Being off this week, my routine is out of whack and I am not drinking as much as I should. Especially of what I should be drinking, rather than holiday spirits…
My run was to be a steady run in zone two. I had a hard time keeping my heart rate under 140, which is the upper limit for me of zone two. I ran a total of 45 minutes and made sure to drink sports drink throughout the workout. It may have helped a bit, but the amount of replenishing I needed was much greater I am sure. I really wanted to kick up my speed since my heart rate was elevated, but I stayed in the slow zone. In keeping with never regretting a workout, I did not regret it, but it wasn’t my favorite. I know I feel better having run and I also know how to better prepare in the future.
After running indoors I am much warmer than an outside run and I could not wait to cool off in the pool and swim. I met up with a friend to swim – he is the fastest swimmer I swim with but also a very good mentor. After a warm up of 1,000 meters we did two 100 meter IM sets. He is very strong in the butterfly, which is the first stroke of IM and by far my weakest. This is going to take time. I have the motion of the kick down but not the count. It is two kicks per stroke and I am only doing one most of the time. He gave me a few pointers and I will work at it. I swam a total of 2,200 meters – by 2,000 meters into the swim my calves and toes started cramping a bit. Another sign of dehydration.
As I swam, I had to chuckle to myself. A year ago I started swimming five to six times a week to get stronger in my weakest sport of triathlon. Today, I can not say it is my strongest of the three, but I am much stronger. And I really like getting the workout in. Running will always be my first love, but today I was looking forward to swimming while I was still on the treadmill. It just goes to show that no matter how old I am, there is always room to learn, grow, and develop passions for activities I never thought I would enjoy so much. All the more reason to keep an open mind and experience as much as possible that this life has to offer. But make sure to stay hydrated along the way!