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Pushing the Limits & A PR in the Pool!

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Back to your regularly scheduled programming, folks. Taking a bit of a break from the heavy emotional fare of the past two blogs. Today is all about training, yo.

Last night, I attended a one-hour spin class. It was the second time I've gone in deciding that I would not cheat on the resistance and would allow myself to feel the pain...because I know it will make me stronger rider when it's all said and done. It was SO difficult, but guess what? I lived.

About an hour later, I took my daughter to martial arts at the YMCA, expecting to do weights. But something strange happened and I switched it up at the last second and decided to get some cardio in instead (I was running about 1 hour behind in cardio this week, according to my training schedule and I reason it's easier to fit strength in at home or even just do body weight exercises on my own). Got on the treadmill and got a quick 2 miles in. Geez. This is the first night I've REALLY felt my workout in quite awhile. We're talking close to 1400 calories burned in a span of a few hours. WOW.

I realized when I got home that I needed to pack my gym bag because my schedule called for a swim early this morning. My body was absolutely spent...it took all my effort to pack that bag and not just say, "You know what? Forget tomorrow's workout...this was good enough." I had to remind myself that, after some restorative sleep, I would have more energy and that swimming is active muscle recovery so it would actually make my body feel better.

I really didn't expect heroics this morning. I figured I'd be lucky to get 30 lengths in (let alone my usual 34 lengths). That's when it happened...

I walked into that pool and was hit with the warm air and smell of chlorine and saw people already swimming laps and everything in my heart shouted, "This is my heaven." Instant relaxation and happiness.

It's hard to explain what happens in that lap lane. It amazes me what the human body is capable of. At the very same time that I'm counting laps in my head, I'm paying attention to every minute detail of my form and where every part of my body is supposed to be at all times, breathing at regular intervals over my shoulder....and I STILL have time to entertain my most secret thoughts over top all of that. Underneath the water is so quiet...all I hear is my breathing and, once my body begins to take over and get into its rhythm, I'm just alone with my thoughts.

This morning, I was so happy to be in the pool and to think the things I was thinking that I just kept swimming and never felt the need for a break. I did take one very short one at 20 lengths...to catch my breath and let the guy I was sharing a lane with get a bit ahead of me (I hate swimming side by side in a lane). But, otherwise...no breaks today. A first for me.

It occurs to me that I just started swimming in August and that was only 4 months ago! Remember how I was gasping for air for months? And how completely awkward and self-conscious I was when I started? It's incredible how far I've come. All of that has fallen away. Somewhere in there I found a rhythm for breathing and the entire puzzle clicked into place. Now, my focus of every swim is in relaxing and letting my body do its work.

And what was the result? 40 laps in 30 mins. 1000 meters. Personal record. Previous PR: 34 laps in 30 mins (850m). I completely tore up that old PR. I don't know what happened in that pool today (OK, I do...but, as I said...private thoughts).

I've said it before and I'll say it again...I never would have predicted that a cheap $5 pair of goggles from KMart would unlock my own personal heaven.
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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/8/2012 2:34PM

    Swimming is such a fun sport :)

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VOLLEYGIRL77 12/7/2012 10:41AM

    Congrats! I love swimming too!

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ROSES4ME1 12/5/2012 2:14PM

    Thanks! Great way to start my day with a laugh. And a good reminder that there may be a way to turn a difficult situation into an advantage just by looling at it differently. emoticon

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KATHIC2 12/5/2012 7:28AM

  I love swimming too! You describe so beautifully! Congrats on your PR!

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STARSUB99 12/4/2012 7:30PM

    From one swimmer to another - YOU GO GIRLFRIEND! It is truly the best for connecting with yourself - aned an awesome workout - I love being in that zone - too - the quiet - the breathing - so connected it is an amazing thing.


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PENOWOK 12/4/2012 8:36AM

    I felt the calm while you were describing it! Thanks for the blog...and awesome for you!!

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/3/2012 2:04PM

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I know exactly what you're talking about! I was afraid of water until I was 40 . . . and that's when I signed up for swim lessons at the city pool and stepped into the 2 foot wading pool with the 1 and 2 year olds in their plastic diapers . . . but I was determined. That was June and by November I jumped off the back of a boat into the Pacific for my first open water SCUBA dive . . . . and that's when I experienced what you described.... my very own piece of heaven!

There really is nothing like it! Enjoy every moment.

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FARIS71 12/3/2012 6:48AM

    Totally awesome!! Tear it up!

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FEELINGFITERIN 12/3/2012 1:47AM

    How awesome! emoticon

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PCASEY7 12/2/2012 5:01PM

    Woo hoo great job!

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ROB704 12/2/2012 11:02AM

    I so love reading your blogs! Too cool.....

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  good bog

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NEWCHINELO 12/1/2012 5:41PM

    Doing great,sis!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/1/2012 5:33PM

  From what I am reading in your blog, you have not only developed physically with all of your training, but you are also in a better place mentally and sound stronger.
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CHSHULER89 12/1/2012 5:05PM

    So happy for you!!! Can't wait until i learn to breathe right in the water! I love the feel of the water. Thanx for the hope. Keep up the great work!

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GODIVADSG 12/1/2012 4:53PM

    That's what I am talking about! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 12/1/2012 3:51PM

  Congratulations! It's wonderful what you have accomplished in such a short time.

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DALID414 12/1/2012 3:19PM

    Confession: I don't know how to swim. I have a panic attack at the thought of a pool (sweaty palms as I confess), but I love reading about people enjoying pool workouts. One day I'll workout my pool demons and jump in.

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/1/2012 2:11PM

  That is simply WONDERFUL. And you describe it very well.

It makes me want to emoticon you. It's more of the passion you have for running.

Ya know, I do it, but I haven't found the niche , that thrills me. I guess I get bored at times.

I hope to start over with running between Dec- Jan. Hopefully, I can find someone who will give me tips, to prevent the problems .

I will do something today, because I had a low grade fever for two days, and did my only exercise at the beginning of the week.

Your doing super Leah!!! emoticon

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MOMMY445 12/1/2012 1:39PM

    way to go! glad to hear that you are doing so well! keep it up!

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DIANNEMT 12/1/2012 1:17PM

    You know, I should look into swimming. I can't do the crawl--but you said you couldn't either so--maybe I could....

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NEWMOM20121 12/1/2012 1:04PM

    Great job.

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NEWTINK 12/1/2012 12:31PM

    You are making amazing strides emoticon

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PEGGYO 12/1/2012 11:12AM

    way to go!!

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MIMIDOT 12/1/2012 10:36AM

    Awesome! You did it! Thank you for your great blog. Very motivating! Keep Sparking!

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GARDENCHRIS 12/1/2012 10:22AM

    nice!

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WALLINMW 12/1/2012 10:09AM

  Whoop whoop!

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NITELITE72 12/1/2012 9:47AM

    Way to go!! That is a great accomplishment!

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DNRAE1 12/1/2012 9:27AM

    Yahoo! Great job! I'm so very impressed and inspired by you. Keep it up!


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KARRENLYNN 12/1/2012 9:00AM

    Sometimes change up your routine is just the ticket. Comgratulations on beating your own record! Keep going and don't give in.

Karen

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JANEMARIE77 12/1/2012 8:59AM

    way to go

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DJSHIP46 12/1/2012 8:21AM

    Sounds so wonderful... I wanna swim too. Maybe I'll actually get to the pool this winter! I so love sharing your progress. It's like watching a butterfly emerge from her cacoon!!! You Go Girl!!! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/1/2012 8:17AM

    emoticon you really have found your sport!

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    WTG

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BESSHAILE 12/1/2012 8:11AM

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    You GO, girl!!!! emoticon

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