I took an unintentional two week break from swimming after Miami 70.3.
Honestly, it wasn’t a break I was fighting. As the weather grows cooler – and tri-season comes to an end – I find myself less and less inclined to jump in the water (heated pool or not). I’ve noticed many of my teammates are in the same boat. Last week’s practices dropped from three nights to two, and tonight I was one of only four teammates who showed up at the pool for our 6:30 practice. Even the practice itself had a subdued feel to it, we spent more time talking than swimming and weren’t worried about getting a certain distance in before calling it a night.
I can’t tell you how bummed we all are that our favorite practice pool officially closed for the season on November first *sniff.* We met at a new pool tonight, but it just wasn’t the same. The pool was small, the short course seemed a little short, the lanes were tight, and the water seemed dingy. We were definitely missing the other pool – is it Memorial Day weekend yet?
Despite talking more than swimming, our coach did make sure we got a good workout in. When we did swim, we swam hard, and focused on the butterfly stroke. He wants us to do more butterfly to build up strength in our shoulders. My teammates tend to groan when he mentions that fact, but I secretly enjoy it. They all kick my butt during every other stroke, but the fly is the one thing I can take the lead on (barely). It’s also the one stroke where my coach has very little to critique about the stroke itself (though my legs can used some work). As long as we stuck to 25 or 50 yds at a time, I was golden.
On another note, the local synchronized swimming team was practicing in the same pool we were. During my 400 warm up I heard a muffled speaker sound underwater and thought I was going little crazy. What was that? And where was it coming from? Turns out it was the synchronized coach giving instructions to a microphone that was connected to speakers underwater. After the coach gave her spiel, they started playing music into the same speaker, which was a fun change up to have something to listen to underwater – sure made the laps go faster! 🙂
My coach is heading south (WAY south – Brazil!) for a long Thanksgiving break, so we’re on our own for the next 10 days. My goal is to try and squeeze a few swim workouts in on my own. Can I do it? We’ll see. 😉
I called Derek when practice got out, and by the time I got home and had a quick shower, he had dinner ready to go. Oh, how I love him so!
Leftover sweet potatoes from last night, roasted brussels sprouts, and salmon with an herbed greek yogurt dressing. He did good!
I’ve got a hot cup of team and a puppy begging to have her belly rubbed.