Friday, April 8, 2011

Second skin

Well, not quite yet, but it's getting there with the wetsuit. It still feels restrictive but it is less on the claustrophobic scale for which I am thankful for.

So when heading out this morning to the lakes you could definitely feel that typical Autumn feel. There was dew over the car and that unmistakable freshness in the air. I love Autumn. It was 14 degrees celcius and I started thinking how cold it would be in 3 weeks time at Port. Not that it would matter, I was still going to do it. But it just got me thinking.

Just before getting in I had to get a photo of our gorgeous lake that we are so lucky to train and race in. It was so still this morning. Not a single ripple to be seen and in certain sections it actually looked as though it were a mirror.
So as I started off swimming I kept telling myself to relax and to stop fighting the wetsuit yet again. This time it worked - I was able to keep a steady stroke and tag onto the back of Leigh. I also tried really hard to sight ever 6 strokes. It actually was a really good number of strokes to sight at - I'm all about keeping it even. Not sure what I swam the 2km in but I finished it feeling really good about myself. Next week is our last Open Water Swim before Port but at this point I think I am okay with doing it. And thank goodness for that - 2 nights ago I had a nightmare that I struggled to swim it at Port and I woke up bawling my eyes out.

After the swim I was meant to get straight out and do a 50min run but silly me forgot my runners - I was half tempted to run it barefoot but I didn't. I went home and went back to the lakes to do my run - I didn't want to run it at home. I met up with Susan and after one lap of 5km my left hip started to hurt so I decided it best to not push it. I have a huge weekend ahead anyway so didn't want to risk having to miss it.

When I came home I was absolutely starving so made myself the yummiest wrap. Actually I ate 2 of them - one just wasn't enough.
Tuna, ricotta cheese, salad, cucumber, mushroom, sweet mustard pickle
wrapped in Sundried tomato and basil wrap.

Anyone want one?

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