With one week left until race day, I have given up my battle against the water. Water you have officially won. Actually, you have… so please play nice. Friday, at the North Park 50m pool I swam my 700m in 25+ min which is not quite good enough not to be yanked out of the lane and put in a slow lane in the middle of the swim portion of the event. (Each heat is 25 minutes apart so they will tell you to get out of your lane and go to a slow lane so they can start the next heat). With that in mind, I was determined to try again Saturday and see if I could just keep moving and take fewer breaks. It took me a little while to get in the groove, but instead of breathing heavy on the side, silently yelling at my self, I would push-off the wall and pop back up and do the breaststroke while catching my breath. It worked, it worked, it worked although not a long-term solution my time was much better, my internal conversations were nicer, and I got back precious minutes typically lost hanging on the wall trying to relax. I catch myself closing my eyes and pretending its a bubble bath which doesn’t always work especially when a lot of people are around. I look forward to playing nice with the water this week and gaining confidence in my dual stroke portion of the event. Friends, if you see me flip over and do the backstroke, I am desperate.
Working with a coach has added purpose to my training, and I feel myself getting stronger and event portions easier. On Saturday I enjoyed a 5K at St. Barnabas and enjoyed running and crossing the finish line with my great inspiring friend Christi. This morning my husband Carl, Ryan a super star from the Cresa Pittsburgh office, his Dad and I headed to the South Side for Pedal Pittsburgh. The weather forecast looked awful, but we unloaded the bikes and set off on the 25-mile course. A few miles into town the rain came, followed by a rather steady downpour. Around mile 9 Carl and I pulled into the Hilton and had enough. We decided to get dry and then play some indoor tennis followed by an indoor ride this afternoon. The last thing I wanted was road rash and pain this week from being stubborn to finish a fun, easy ride. I know I made the right choice.