I've been trying to decide on a new physical fitness goal, now that my half marathon is practically here....but what? I've been considering a triathlon, but certainly didn't want to sign up for anything until I went swimming. So, this morning, not knowing what workout to do, I decided I needed to get to the pool, so I could figure out if a triathlon would be part of this summer.
Well, first, what a pain to get ready, packed, and dressed. The minutes ticked passed, slowly. I tried to stay positive, making sure I gave it a good shot. Breathing: You can't breath when you want. You have to hold your breath between strokes. ug. Location: Ugly pool, no sun, no trees, no trail, just this boring ol' lane BACK and FORTH. Back and Forth. Wow....this looks familiar.....ug. It's worse than a treadmill. You're just looking at water and tile. For a bit, my mind wandered. I was just imagining a triathlon. No wall to take a break on? Open, choppy water? 45 minute workouts, twice a week to get ready for the race? Yes, it would be doable, but I would dread it. I felt like I wasn't really getting a good workout, because the faster I went, the more breathes I needed, and I would have to lift my head up all the time, making the water choppier. No music. I did 15 minutes. Yeah, not a lot, but I was just SO DONE. I just wanted to run.
Verdict. If I were at an outdoor pool and I had some underwater earphones for music, it would be much better. I would def need music to train for the tri. That would make a BIG difference. But for summer, how sad to be swimming inside, and not enjoying the weather. The outdoor pool around here is a bit of a drive....but that would be awesome in summer. Refreshing, glistening. Then, with music. I could get in a rhythm. But indoors, wasting short-lived summer time? Heck NO! So, research prices at Amazon and Echo Hollow. Ok. We'll see.
The best part....the comment the elderly lady I shared a lane with said when I was done.
"Staying in shape is a B*$#^. Especially when you're my age." LOL!!!!!
When I got home, I felt like i hadn't even gotten a workout, and I needed to for my race...so I went out for 4 miles. MUCH NEEDED. My element, my zone, my confident spot. Beautiful day. My legs were heavy though.
But with swimming, I realize a big part of the reason I didn't like it was because it was unfamiliar. I was on the swim team in 3rd grade, and that's it. With music, outdoors, and some practice, it could be okay. We'll see. Now to try a long bike ride....outside. I really don't know what I'm doing. Eeeks. Well, never know 'til you try.