Tuesday, July 08, 2014
I recently noticed that the club's pool schedule has changed for the summer. The lap pool is available at 4:30 p.m. every day, so I can swim after work.
Swimming with a snorkel is helping. I end each session in the pool with a lap or two of swimming without the snorkel. I feel like I'm "getting" it, but with a catch: it is a LOT easier to breathe on the right side. I'm resisting the temptation to swim breathing only on the right side because I know it will create more problems in the long run. But it is tempting! (If any reader is thinking of chiming in that I should breathe every third stroke, thereby automatically switching sides, don't. I am not fit enough to do that. I was breathing every stroke because I needed the air. I'm pleased that my fitness has improved enough that I can breathe every other stroke. I'll get there, but for now, I can only breathe every third stroke for about a minute before I need to shorten the time between breaths.)
Oddly, the increased time in the pool seems to be bothering my left ankle. It's the one that's been gimpy of late, along with my self-diagnosed possible case of emerging plantar fasciitis. I hope continuing to swim strengthens the connective tissue, and that this is just a bump in the road. But, truth be told, I'm getting a little weary of bumps in the road.
I'm doing a 5K this Saturday. That will be about a month without running. I'm going to try running, just to see how the foot & ankle feel. My doctor's appointment is the following Friday; if my foot goes back to being an achy lump of fire, at least I'll be able to tell the doctor that a month was not a long enough break. After the 5K, we're driving to Boise to watch the Twilight Criterium. I'm hopeful that I can still walk after the 5K (and then sitting in a car for hours).
It's warmed up here. It was around 100°F yesterday and it will be 100°F again today. I drove home last night so that I could swim. I'm looking forward to tonight's ride. Yeah, it's hot, but as long as I'm moving I don't really feel the heat. I may take a 20- or 30-mile route home. I packed some energy chews, just in case. Yeah, it's a little nuts, but I haven't ridden since last Wednesday. I miss the bike!
Tomorrow will be an exciting stage in the Tour de France. The riders will be crossing the cobbled sections that are used in the Paris-Roubaix race. They're referred to as "The Hell of the North." Fabian Cancellara has a bike specially made for the cobbles, and I'm really looking forward to watching him ride. I'm going to come in late tomorrow because I simply have to watch this stage. Ah, the Tour: the one thing that gets avid cyclists off their bikes and onto their couches, during the middle of the summer.