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When "Personal Best" Becomes "Everyday Normal"


Friday, October 05, 2012

I had another rough start this morning. Alarm sounded and I had about a 5-minute inner battle about whether to go back to sleep or get up and work out, as planned. I reasoned, "I worked out yesterday, so I'm good. I can sleep a bit more today." But then thought, "Yeah, but you felt so awesome after yesterday's workout. Why wouldn't you want that again?"

Somehow, I got up and went. Swimming again. You might as well get used to it...I have planned the next 52 weeks of training and the Prep/Base phase is going to consist almost exclusively of bike/spinning, swim and weight training. No weight bearing for this chick until February.

Got in the pool and, once again, didn't want to do my swim. AGAIN, it took me TWENTY lengths to even want to be there.

But today...today...would be a special day. (The best part about regular workouts is that you never know when these days will come around. It's ALWAYS a surprise when you hit a breakthrough.)

Today, I planned on my typical 30 lengths in 30 minutes. Was right on schedule. As I've mentioned before, my biggest issue is breathing. I frequently stop to rest (usually every two lengths). The most I've ever gone without stopping is 4 lengths.

This morning, I thought to myself, "Leah...just relax and stop tensing up your body. If you think about it, your body feels just fine. There are no rules...you can breathe as much as you want. Who is stopping you? This stopping every 2-4 lengths is 100% mental. You can beat this right now."

At 20 lengths, I had 10 more to go...just 5 full laps. The most continuous laps I've swam is 2. I challenged myself to swim my last 5 laps/10 lengths without stopping. Slow and easy, Leah. Slow and easy. This is a "cool down".

So, I did it.

Yep. But I didn't just do 10 lengths. I still had 3 minutes left after 10 lengths. So I did 4 more lengths. (That's my personal best - 34 lengths - the past two workouts in the pool, I've done 34. My personal best has become everyday normal!)

So, yeah...swam 14 lengths without stopping.

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BLUE42DOWN 10/9/2012 12:51PM

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Love how much of this is mental game!

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SKJCHAPMAN 10/8/2012 5:15PM

    emoticon One of the reasons you carry on; you can do it.

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KATHY_NATURELVR 10/8/2012 2:48PM

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OPTIMIST1948 10/8/2012 2:24PM

    Just a little bit further every day. So Awesome!

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JMARIES51 10/7/2012 11:01PM

    So do you believe you are an athlete yet? emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4HIM 10/7/2012 5:06PM

    And the news just keeps getting better! Way to go, girl!

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PATTISTAMPS 10/7/2012 2:16PM

    WOO HOOOOOOOO!!! You ROCK!

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/6/2012 8:49PM

    Hi Leah;
Woo Hoo Good for you I am so proud of how far you've come in such a short time with your swimming. I knew you could do it, Your getting better & stronger every day. Just trust & believe in the strength you building inside of You. I am so happy & proud of you. I wish I could just hug you..... emoticon

Love Prayers & Many Blessings Always Debby
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ON2VICTORY 10/6/2012 5:13PM

    i remember when you first got started, how swimming was an activity to do because it was one of your only options and now look at you.... you will be rockin a tri before you know it.... you got da drive :)

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ISABELLE31 10/6/2012 2:15PM

    Good for you!!! emoticon emoticon

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MLH148 10/6/2012 1:30PM

    Great job! Those olympians make it look so easy to swim but that breathing thing gets in the way. emoticon

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SARAH1270 10/6/2012 12:43PM

    Awesome job. Keep it up. emoticon

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DEDICATED2HIM 10/6/2012 10:17AM

    Wow! this blog got a lot of comments~! I guess I'll add mine to the mash. Great work....I don't think there is any joy quite like that of challenging yourself and coming out on top. Good work!! emoticon emoticon

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DJSHIP46 10/6/2012 9:07AM

    You rock and you are a REAL inspiration to me... Thank you SO much for sharing!!! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/5/2012 11:31PM

    Great job on breaking your personal best! emoticon

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SMANISMELL 10/5/2012 10:18PM

    That is awesome. Keep up the good work!
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LINDAK25 10/5/2012 9:20PM

    That's fantastic! Now all you have to do is to remember to relax.

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SPARKL3 10/5/2012 9:10PM

    Awesome!!! emoticon

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NURSEPIRT 10/5/2012 8:12PM

    Great Job

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DR8561 10/5/2012 7:38PM

    Not surprised at all. emoticon

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CHANGELIFE2016 10/5/2012 4:41PM

    i know you said you are going to take a break from running. have you ever thought of walking on incline in intervals?? It can burn calories quite a bit too. i'm at 228 and i burn about 480 calories in an hour walking on incline accordign to my hr monitor. it's in intervals so its' constantly changing speed and incline levels. I have some on a worksheet i got from my gym if your interested. :) I think you are doing awesome and love to read your blogs on your training. emoticon

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JJAQUES41 10/5/2012 4:35PM

    Great job on breath control and swimming non-stop!

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DATMAMA4 10/5/2012 4:05PM

    Wow! I'm impressed. Glad for you!

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GOSPARK45 10/5/2012 3:45PM

    Breakthroughs are so awesome! And so is improving!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/5/2012 3:29PM

    Great! I'm proud of you!

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LOVEMYBODY2012 10/5/2012 2:44PM

    You have hit the nail on the head! When we relax into exercise and stop fighting ourselves we get into that great flow state. Thanks for the inspiration and a great reminder to relax and savor exercise!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/5/2012 2:30PM

    Congratulations on this significant achievement!! Way to go, Leah!! Great blog. Great way to push yourself to greater accomplishment!! -Marsha

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GINGERHAWK 10/5/2012 2:20PM

    Nice - congrats to you on your awesome swim! emoticon

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POINDEXTRA 10/5/2012 2:18PM

    Hooray!

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NEWSGIRL2177 10/5/2012 2:10PM

    Man, I love swimming! That's awesome!

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/5/2012 1:33PM

    emoticon Great job!!!!!!!!!!!

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JOANNKW 10/5/2012 1:32PM

    Congrats! emoticon

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EARTHTONED84 10/5/2012 1:28PM

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh congratulations!!!!!! emoticon

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DJSHIP46 10/5/2012 1:17PM

    You are AWESOME!!! Congrats:)

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MS0669 10/5/2012 1:13PM

    WhooHoo what an awesome job - 14 lenghts is something to be very proud of !!

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VICKYMARIEC 10/5/2012 1:11PM

    GREAT job girl!

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AMANDAROX 10/5/2012 1:09PM

    Wow, this is very encouraging to hear!! I will starting swim training in January to give myself 6 months to train for next year's triathlons. I hope I have the same success you do....persistence is key! Congrats on your PR!!

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KAY-SUPREME 10/5/2012 1:05PM

    AWESOME. I need to find a pool. I miss swimming.

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HOLLYM48 10/5/2012 1:03PM

    Great job! Way to talk yourself into keep going. I do that all the time and it really works. Good for you! emoticon emoticon

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COOP9002 10/5/2012 1:02PM

    Great job!!

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