Monday, July 19, 2010

Pacing Mr. Elegant

I call him that because he has such a great swim stroke. The swim was great today, sharing a lane with him, and the girl in the red swimsuit. I don't have a nickname for her yet. But we all swim just about exactly the same speed. For a while he and I were doing 100's, with him a few seconds behind me. That was incentive to stay on top of things and keep pushing. Lots of shorter intervals, adding up to about 1.25 hrs in the pool. Good stretch after, working out the kinks.

The run this evening was nothing short of astonishing. My legs have been tired and cranky all day. It was raining out, and cold. I was happy to read 50 minutes on the plan instead of the 65 that was in my mind. But within a few steps of starting out the astonishing thing happened. I fell into a nice stride. Relaxed. Fairly smooth, at least by my standards. Quicker, and much, much stronger than I expected. I could have run much faster I think, at least for a little while, but I took it easy, enjoying the rain, and enjoying the run. Right at the very very end my calves were beginning to feel it a bit. I'd stretched before the run. Walked after and stretched more.

The week is off to a good start.


  1. What do you think your fellow swimmers would give you as a nickname?

    Sounds like you are really making great strides with your workouts over the recent months.

  2. So what you're saying is that you could've gone 65 if the plan had called for it. Lazy.

  3. I think her nickname is "girl in red swimsuit." No?

    Great wrokouts!


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