This morning was my first morning back with my XP Multisport teammates. Part of me was dreading the super early wake-up call, while the other part couldn’t wait to meet up with all of my friends. I mean, clearly they were missing me too.
You go out of town for ONE week and all of a sudden *poof* you no longer exist. Figures.
In all honestly, when I pulled up, it was as if I never left. Our coach gave me a lane, gave me a warm-up and said “swim!” Yes, sir!
The workout was breathing heavy, which gave us room to concentrate on our technique and stroke. Breathing every 5th stroke (instead of the recommended 3) was surprisingly more difficult than I anticipated. Even though we kept a semi-easy steady pace, I still found myself out of breath at the end of each 100. I was also so worried about counting every 5 strokes, that I forgot to work on my form. Oops.
The 4 x 50 easy was a test of how many strokes it took us to get across the pool. I had no idea what a “good” amount was, so I counted and casually gave my coach the number 50 after my first set. Eh. Apparently that wasn’t good. He gave me the benefit of the doubt and assumed I miscounted. He then told me to go again, this time only counting every time the right hand hit the water (we would double it at the end). I got to the end and said “27” (or 55-ish total). Nope. Bad. That number was too high and I was told to get it down immediately. I was instructed to focus on my glide and to reach as far in front of me as possible to get as much pull as I could in my stroke.
I tried two more 50s, but had trouble getting the number any lower. It was only on my last set that I heard my lane partner tell the coach “36” and realized that I have a long way to go on this skill. Dang.
I will say, after a week of swimming in a 25 yard pool, man did it feel good to return to the 50 meter “long pool” this morning.
I’m officially a long pool convert. Once you go long, you can’t go back.
We wrapped up our swim around 7:30 and I headed home for breakfast.
In the bowl:
- 3/4 cup Kashi Blueberry Clusters
- 1/2 cup Honey Nut Cherrios
- Plain Fage
Gotta love those berries!
Time to get to work!