Here’s a quick recap of how my triathlon training has been going.
I’ve finally started running again. While my motivation to actually get out the door hasn’t always been stellar, I’ve gotten out the door more in the first 10 days of 2017 than I did the entire last quarter of 2016. I really did not run much in 2016. I checked my total miles that I ran in 2016 and it was the lowest amount I have ever run. Even lower than when I first started running. Man, I fell off the running wagon last year and I fell off hard. Here’s hoping I can climb back on and stay on!
I had been attending a spin class at the end of 2016 but I haven’t done spin class in 2017 because my work schedule has changed. And while I’m not a fan of spin, it’s a good workout. I’ve done a lot of biking on my own at the Y, but it’s not the same intensity as if I’m in class. I blame it on the reality TV that I watch while biking on my own! I must find a spin class that fits my schedule and stick to it.
I had to cancel my lesson last week because of my work schedule so when I got in the pool this morning it was the first time in two weeks. I felt like I had taken a couple of steps backwards from where I was two weeks ago. I didn’t do all the drills as well as I did last time. I definitely panicked, stopped and choked more today than my last lesson. So needless to say I’m pretty bummed. I realized that I need to get in the pool on my own time and practice these drills on my own if I really want to improve. I won’t ever make real progress if I am only in the pool for 30 minutes once a week or in some cases, once every two weeks. But the thought of going into the pool on my own, not during a lesson, just makes me so super apprehensive. I truly have no desire to do it. But I need to. But I don’t want to. But I really need to. But I really don’t want to. But I have to go. But I don’t want to go. This is pretty much the same internal conversation I have had the last year when it came to running… I don’t want to run. But I have to run. I don’t want to run. But I have to run.
Also, and here’s another little swimming tidbit that you’ll enjoy. I think I made myself seasick while doing the backstroke this morning. When I finished my backstroke lap and stood up I felt really dizzy and fuzzy. A bit nauseous too. Even as I type this, I feel a bit sick. You know the feeling you get when you get off of an amusement park ride and your head is wonky and your stomach isn’t feeling great? I’m not sure what caused it. If it was having my ears in the water and possibly having it throw off my inner equilibrium. Maybe it was from just staring up at the ceiling and not being able to focus on a horizon. Or maybe it was the subtle movement created by the guy swimming laps next to me. Either way, I need to get this figured out.
And really, it’s not as if I didn’t have enough to worry about with this whole learning to swim thing… but now I have to worry about making myself seasick?! Really!?
That’s just great!
Until next time,
Gotta run (or swim)