Distance: One whole mile
Miles to go: 1223
It’s just odd to be swimming and get to the end of the pool, look up and out the window and see it snowing. You shouldn’t finish swimming and then put gloves on. I had ice on my hair just in my brief walk back to the truck (coach’s note: dry hair thoroughly before walking out into a snowstorm). Oh, and the stuff I put in my truck this summer to squirt on the windshield? Works great as a de-icer but it’s also ORANGE! Looked like somebody squirted Gatorade on my windshield! Too funny…
I was supposed to run in the morning with the group but, even with all of my recent cold weather purchases I still wasn’t prepared. Seven degrees, an inch of ice under 2 inches of snow and more snow coming down. THAT is what they make gym memberships for. And after the dirty look I got from my wife after suggesting Yak Traks or something similar (you know, that “you’re crazy, but I’m not going to let you be stupid” look?), I may well have seen my last days on the trail for a while. It is, however, supposed to warm up for a couple of days, which might clear the trail and roads a bit. But in the meantime I can cross train and I need pool time anyway.
I swam 500 yards and managed to get in 2 X 100 so that, for me, is another baby step along the road to 500 yards without stopping. I am still MISERABLY slow, being passed by everything in the pool including small children and pieces of random debris. It still remains a conscious effort to keep it all together and I find that if I focus for more than a stroke or two on a single thing like breathing or form, I forget to do something else (like kick). So for now I have decided to focus more on endurance and distance and then add in a lap or two where I do short (25 or 50) drills at the end. Since I am my swim coach, that will have to do.
Once I got done with my swim I went up to the track and ran a mile. No real reason, I just wanted to get in a little running as well and see how the track was. It’s a nice 1/6 mile track but it has too many turns and too many people on it to do more than a mile or two. It’s really more of a walking track. But they have some nice treadmills and stationary bikes so that is probably what I will do for a while.
It’s odd to have to bring enough “stuff” for multiple sports. It takes more planning and thinking than I am used to. For instance, this time I remembered everything but socks. Since I am probably going to run/bike without them anyway, I decided to start today. It was really no different since I have good shoes, just weird. But remembering it all with my short attention span and ADOLS (Attention Deficit… Oooh! Look! Shiny!!) should prove as much of a challenge as the swim! Oh for the days of the simple checklist (shorts/shirt/shoes). I could handle that one… barely.