Monday, October 11, 2010

Kicking back.

Yesterday was my designated day off from training and it was such a welcome change of pace. On Saturday after heading back from Kiama I went for another swim session with Top Notch Performance and Health which put my swim total for the week at 10.2km. The last time I had done that sort of distance, I was a child in the senior swim squad. I am pleased though as my body seems to be responding nicely.

The swim session was 3.1km long with the main set consisting of a 500m, 400m, 300m, 200m, 100m with roughly a 2 minute break inbetween. Doesn't sound to tough only that we did it as a handicap race and yep, you guessed it I started last. My job was to try and catch them all before they finished the distance.

The 500m saw me starting with a 75m deficit and I managed to get two of the other swimmers but just couldn't quite get the other. In the 400m and 300m I had a 50m deficit and caught them all. Kind of fun really - It reminded me of the games we used to play as children at the pools during training. In the 200m I had a 30m deficit and got them all but it was a tough challenge. The fastest guy saw me coming at the 150m turn and decided to start up his legs and I battled him all the way to the end - and just pipped him at the post. He was cramping bad though so he opted out of the last 100m and went to go stretch with Erin who was also cramping bad. I hate cramping.

So it was up to me and one other. With a 25m deficit I knew it was going to be tough and I just needed to stay focused on keeping my legs moving at a good momentum and staying strong through the shoulders. At the 40m mark I finally reached him and it was time to slam it home. DONE. A tough but fun set was accomplished. I thought I would be more tired but I seem to be recovering really well inbetween. I have my breath back within 20 secs of each set and am good to go. Feels like the old days.

Yesterday being a rest day I did just that apart from go pick up the new clubs uniform. I would have just loved to purchase it all but my poor husband will disown me if I spend anymore money. So, I ordered the Tri jersey and nicks and arm warmers. What do you think?

Yes I am a total dag. I absolutely love my uniform. I love the material, how it fits, the design, you name it. But most of all I love the colours. It totally matches with Aaliyah. She is gun metal grey, red, black and white. Seems like I was meant to be a part of this club. We also got a group photo so when I get a copy I will post a photo of all my friends from the club on here.

So today is Monday, and with that I start Week 2. Wish me luck.

Your hard work will be rewarded.

"The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way, and may go in more than one direction, it is travelled by belief and courage and conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances" Barbara Cage