After writing a few posts of the trials going on in my life, I want to write today about the brighter side – my training. Today was my rest day, but the past week I have been swimming, cycling, and running quite a bit. First my swimming – last week was my first full week back in the pool and swimming with my friends since I came down with a stomach virus. I am a little slower due to losing some strength, that doesn’t matter – it is so good to be back. Even on the morning I knew I had to take Kosey to the vet to be put down, I enjoyed swimming next to my friend. While we were swimming separate workouts, there was one set when we happened to start at the same moment. She and I were shoulder to shoulder and I was not letting up. The cool thing was what I was thinking. I was not thinking “come on, you can beat her.” I was talking to her in my mind saying “come on, keep up, you can do this – push, push, push…” She must have heard my thoughts because we have swam together a few times since. I know I am a bit slower right now, but she has gone turbo and has really improved. I missed the camaraderie that swimming together brings along with the joy of seeing each other’s improvements.
Cycling has been a learning experience – but for the better. I finally figured out how to control the resistance on my trainer and my rides on my bike inside are much better. Even when I realized I had the trainer upside down in a group class! Yes, on Saturday morning I went to a group cycling class put on by the Cleveland Triathlon Club. We bring our trainers and bikes to the class lead by one of my friends and my triathlon coach. We went for two hours – spinning that long in a group setting definitely helps time go by much faster. As in swimming, cycling with a group definitely helps challenge me to push harder.
My run is where I am seeing the most improvement this past week and that is just fine with me. On March 16th I am running a half marathon. My speed and tempo runs have gone well. Where I am seeing the subtle weakness from being sick is in my endurance. I can keep the faster paces up, but only for about 75 to 80 percent of the scheduled run. As time goes on I am able to extend the time. Right now I am hopeful that the race will go well. All of my runs lately have been on the treadmill, something that should help my focus in the race. Running past national monuments in DC along with many other sights should provide even more motivation to keep going.
I am blessed to have friends and activities to bring good times in the midst of trying times. And that includes the friends I have met in the blogosphere. The encouraging comments are very dear to me. As well as the shots in the arm of humor. I was told to be careful what I wish for. Well, when it comes to wishing for a strong network to see me through tough times, I believe my wish has come true.