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Back to Square Two with Swimming

Monday, March 10, 2014

At least it's not square one!

I haven't been in the pool since my lesson. Just thinking of chlorinated water made me naseuous. But I had to get back in there and try to recover what I learned from Coach Kathy. I opted to go for a run Saturday morning. I had to go to court near my gym this afternoon, so I returned to the pool at lunch time. Pool 2, though. I may never go back into Pool 1. emoticon

I have my Zoomies swim fins. I am a lot faster, but NOT crazy fast like with the full-sized fins. As Coach Kathy suggested, I spent my first few minutes in the pool just practicing breathing & keeping the air moving out of my nose. It was a real struggle. I feel like I've forgotten almost everything I learned 10 days ago.

I did pretty good. I got a little water in my sinuses, but what little I didn't blow back out I spit out. I think I swallowed a litte, but not much. I have a bit of a headache - the result of unbuffered water coming into contact with my sinuses - but it's managable. I'm hopeful this headachiness is something that will diminish with time, either because I've adapted or because I'm keeping water out of my sinuses.

It was a minimally productive pool session. I get there at about 12:20. I try to be in court by 1:15. The club is across the street from the court, so I can do it. But I only get about 20 minutes in the pool. Right now, that's acceptable. In fact, I see the advantage. I may plan to do this every day I have to be in that court. Short, frequent sessions are better for practicing new skills than longer, less frequent sessions. The downside is that I don't know until after the start of the workday whether or not I have to go to court. (It all depends on who got arrested the night before and why they were arrested.)

Tonight I'm going to ride home, via the club. It's only an 8-mile ride, but I have to climb a small hill (119' in about half a mile) to get there. Mondays, the Hubs only works until 5, so he may be home between 6:30 - 7 (assuming he actually leaves work on time, which is rare). Tonight's ride is just to see how I feel when I get to the gym. My plan ulitmately is to ride to the club to do my strength training and then ride home (another 8 miles). I'm planning to go for a run as soon as I get home - first brick of the year. Yes, it will be miserable, but the sooner I start doing them the easier life will be during my first triathlon in June.

Of course, there's a 25 mph wind with gusts in the 30+ range. A little water up may nose may freak me out, but I'm still a tough broad.
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