I am learning that rest day also means get to bed on time day – which I did not do last night. Despite not working out yesterday, I did not get the sleep I should have and as a result my swim this morning was a little struggle. After my swim I shared the results with a friend and that I felt slow. I added that the bright side was my “slow” pace was around 2:06 per 100. Her reply put it in perspective – “That’s not a slow pace, just slow perception of effort.” How true. Last summer I was satisfied with a 2:06 pace. Now my perception has changed and my effort level seemed slow.
This evening I got to the gym to run a speed workout on the treadmill. My sluggish feeling continued through the day, I ran a mile for my warm up and then dug deep and decided it is time to break through. My main set called for eight repeats of one minute sprints with the goal of getting in my upper zone three and into zone four, my anaerobic zone. Between sets I had a one minute recovery. I started with the treadmill at 7.2 (8:20 minute mile pace) for the minute speed interval and worked my way up to the eighth one at 7.5 (8:00 minute mile pace). By the end I did hit a heart rate of 161, one beat below my anaerobic level. I think an even faster pace is in my future to cross over 162. The workout was just what I needed to end the day after a less than outstanding swim.
Motivation for me comes in several forms. My mantras are big, the words remind me to focus on what is within me to achieve the achievable. Friends are enormous motivational forces to me. A challenge presented to reach the wall in the pool with my friend, a goal to reach on the bike in my power to get near a friend’s ability, and most importantly words shared that put things into perspective like this morning. Then there is the motivation to go on from witnessing my own ability. On the treadmill today I pushed my pace higher than I have in the past, only to realize I want to go faster next week. My mantra Believe sometimes means believing in order to see my ability and sometimes seeing to believe. My run today was a little of both. Words to focus on, friends sharing words of encouragement, and then actions to validate. All forms of motivation, and each integral to improving and more importantly enjoying each day.