First day in a week with only one workout… I’m feeling guilty… 🙂
Strange. Even though I work hard in the pool, I actually look forward to it as an easy day. The pool relaxes me and it’s totally non weight bearing exercise so I huff and puff, but I’m not beating my legs up. After a 10 mile brick at Rock Bridge yesterday, I needed to take my substantial load off of my legs for a day. Got about a mile in of mixed drills. Mostly 200’s with the main set being 200 swim/200 paddles/200 pull X 2. The paddles are still really hard work and I have to be careful I don’t over
fatigue my shoulders. But I can already feel the difference and I’ve only been using them for a month.
My nemesis in the pool is thinking. Oh, no… Not about technique or anything important like that. No. I start to daydream and forget what the hell I’m doing. Nothing like getting 500 yards into a 1000 yard main set and forgetting what lap you are on because you are thinking about your compost… I’m sure I could be 10 seconds faster per hundred if I could just stay focused long enough to count to 2 laps. *sigh*
Speaking of swimming, one of the bloggers I follow (DC Rainmaker) just took a trip to Bora Bora. He posted pictures and for the first time I found myself saying “Man… I would love to swim there…” What the hell is wrong with me? Am I becoming a swimmer? Don’t I know there are sharks and jelly fish and… But it sure is beautiful… No? I’m not even the kind that likes tropical islands but a swim with the fishes in Bora Bora would be pretty amazing. Still, for me to associate swimming with anything other than dread marks a radical shift.
The whole weight loss thing still has me a little worried. I’m hoping I don’t bounce and gain weight this week. I’m being careful and I’m slowly trying to decrease my intake a little more (although tonight’s turkey sausage gumbo was hard to say no to) each day. I “think” I’m down to about 2500 calories a day now. With the amount I’m working out, that puts me negative on most days. I really want to work it so that I eat about the same every day. I don’t believe in carbo loading that much and feel that if I can get my body used to a certain intake then it will be most efficient at that intake level and I won’t need to load up. I also wonder just how much pre race carb loading or eating big after a long workout actually helps. I’ve read studies and articles on both sides. As with everything I believe in life, I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle. It’s all personal anyway. I have to find what works for me. You would think I would know what that is by now… meh… maybe when I grow up…