Monday, July 20, 2009

Lost:

One swim. Size Large.
Might be with an inner shark.
Probably somewhere with a good view.
If found, placate with a cookie or two, and send back to me.
More cookies as a reward. Thank you.

I tried to swim this am and it didn't go well. 200 m intervals. Started slow, and got slower. I couldn't believe the first 50 m was 55 seconds. I thought it would be under 50 seconds, and the second 50 m was about the same. The next 100 m were 60 seconds each. Barf. Tried harder the next time, with the same results. The next one I tried to relax a bit and slide through the water rather than powering through it for the first 50 m, and that was 60 seconds. The rest of the 50 m were even slower. I was horrified. It went downhill from there, and I stopped. I see no reason to practice doing badly. The dive tank was empty so I did some core and stretching. .5 hr total.

I'm seriously beginning to think that I've forgotten how to swim. Going back through my blog I realize the last good swim I had was the beginning of May or so. I used to think that swimming was my best sport of the three. Now I've lost confidence. Last year I struggled with the swim a bit, and it came together during the races. The struggle is worse this year, and it hasn't come together for the races.

And the number is up again, 232. Here I thought I'd been good about eating.

I'm going to go for a nice walk down in Fish Creek later today, and listen to the river, and the wind through the trees. That should be relaxing.

6 comments:

  1. Found: One great swim this morning in the Crowsnest Pass. :)

    Sorry Keith, I didn't know it was yours, so I used it and was it ever great! It was only 1500m, but I am truly on the mend. I sent back the swim after I was done with it -- you should be getting it right about now...

    :) :) :)

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  2. It will come back before you hit the Calgary 70.3. We should book Sunday afternoon and hit up Ghost Lake for a trial swim in 15 degree water! I'll shoot an email around shortly.

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  3. I would say you are recovering still from the race on the weekend...give it a few days...it won't let you down for 70.3!!

    OMG...I am getting SO excited!! You will have to send me your cell number as I won't have Jenn there to guide me...cause someone's gotta do it...only half kidding here!!!! Just ask her...

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  4. Relaxing and bring out your inner shark hearing all that water!

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  5. Ugh, so sorry to hear that you are not in your happy place with swimming. That sucks. I have no pollyanna words of wisdom for you, just empathy for when you feel you are trying so hard yet life still feeds you a big shit sandwich. Maybe try jenna's coach? She said she's seen a difference in her cycling in the short time she's been with her...The walk by the river sounds divine, though.

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  6. WTF? I swore I posted a comment on this thing yesterday and now ... it's mysteriously gone.

    Hmmm ... maybe it's the mushrooms I ate.

    In any case, good luck getting your swim back.

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