Cool, so Monday is in full swing!! I hope everyone had a fabtastic weekend!! Mine was pretty busy, but no complaints here!
SO, my first swim of the week…CHECK!
Usually, my week starts off a little bit like this, BUT THEN it ends with lots AND lots of X marks!! Bad girl Kristin! It looks like I’m in for it!! Time for a parent/teacher conference! Oh boy, let the apologies begin (and not to my parents or teacher, but to myself).
And before you ask, NO X does not mark the spot, well, actually it does…it marks the spot I need to work on in my training, namely SWIMMING! Ugh, have you ever felt like this? It’s like no matter how hard you try (mentally), you just CAN’T get yourself to do something? Hmm? Boy, OH BOY, it’s a tough pill to swallow AND you all know how I despise swallowing pills (Yes, I’m referring back to my post, Feeling Green!).
I’ve been (just a little bit) frustrated lately because I haven’t been swimming my weekly workouts! I’ve been doing a fabulous job running and yogi*ing it up, but NOT swimming!! I know right, shame shame! I’m such a terrible human being because I don’t swim all of my practices…I’m only kidding…merely trying to give myself a little perspective that me not swimming does not equate to the end of the world! I’ll get it in check (Hehe, get it…check?…trust me, I’m very well aware that my jokes are lame!).
FRUSTRATION CITY, PARTY OF 1, YOUR TABLE IS NOW READY!!!
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! THAT’S MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay, okay, so let’s narrow this down shall we? Well, although I’d hate to quote The Golden Girls…actually JK (just kidding), I LOVE quoting The Golden Girls (Rose, Dorothy, Sophia, and Blanch) because they are four rad ladies!!
“I can’t put my finger on it, but if I could, I’d have to wash it.” Sophia Petrillo
Yep, that about sums it up, ya know, the “I don’t know why I’m not driving 25 minutes to swim at Midtown Aquatic Center, but I’M JUST NOT” kind of feeling!! However, being the sneaky little girl that I am, I have a few suspicions (And for your information, yes, I did adore Harriet, the Spy growing up):
Suspicion #1: THE DREADED DRIVE…I usually swim around 7 o’clock in the morning and finish my swim around 8:20 am, which leads me to believe (being the detective that I am) THAT the terrible (and I mean horrible) rush hour traffic is psyching me out. All of the mean, overly aggressive, impatient drivers are possibly making my mind say, “NO THANK YOU! I DON’T WANNA!!”
Conclusion #1: Although I guess I COULD swim at a different time (if this is truly the problem), it would be hard for me to adjust (to a new time) because #1- my body likes swimming at this time, #2- there are plenty of lanes open at 7 am, #3- there are no water aerobics classes going on which leads back to #2 (more lanes open), and #4- at this time, not as many people *consistently* (that’s the key word) try to race me (I get this a lot…due to my quickness, a lot of people try to race me…which leads me to my next point).
Suspicion #2: OVERLY COMPETITIVE PEOPLE…Okay, so I get it, I have a competitive edge, but there is a fine line between swimming your workout hard and totally swimming someone else’s workout (and completely forgetting about yours).
Huh? I don’t get why people do this. I’m being completely honest, per workout, I have tens of people trying to race me as if I had a big neon flashing sign on my swim suit that said, “A HUNDRED DOLLARS TO THE FIRST PERSON THAT BEATS ME!”
Please people, I’m not swimming as a pacer…I’m merely trying to get my workout in without swallowing 2 gallons worth of water (and chlorinated water may I add) from your flippers (yes, some people wear flippers to race me) splashing in my lane and in my face! I mean let’s be real people, how fair is it anyways to race someone across the pool while you’re swimming freestyle, wearing three foot long fins, and I’m kicking butterfly underwater (with no fins). Huh? Yeah, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense now does it?
After all, they treat me like I’m Michael Phelps or someone, like if they beat me (swimming a 50 free while I’m swimming a 500 butterfly straight), they are a better person than me.
Yup, FRUSTRATED SWIMMER, PARTY OF 1, YOUR LANE IS NOW READY!!! NOOOOO THANKS!!!
Conclusion #2: I could either #1, ignore them or #2- NOT, but I admit, it’s kind of hard NOT to pay attention to the annoyance when the person next to you is springing off the wall every (single) turn you make trying to race you to the next wall! IT’S JUST NO FUN KIDS…NO FUN AT ALL!
Suspicion #3: RUNNING IS MAKING ME TIRED…Yes, I do believe that part of the reason I’m not doing a run/swim duo everyday is well, because it’s tiresome to my body! I swim my heart out every single swim (training lots of butterfly for Summer Nationals/swimming 4000-5000 yards per swim), which leads me to my conclusion…
Conclusion #3: STOP SWIMMING SUCH LONG/INTENSE WORKOUTS!!! Alright, certainly this is an obvious solution, BUT on the other hand, I HAVE TO swim long(er), intense(er) workouts because I swim at a national level which equals…you guessed it, LONG, INTENSE WORKOUTS!! Unfortunately, that’s just how the cookie crumbles (when it comes to swimming)…running is a different story.
Is this THE MOST positive post I’ve ever written?! Sorry to say no, BUT NO… although our daily struggles are what makes us stronger, more resilient human beings, SO no sweat on my brow!
My goal is to swim (at least) 5 practices this week because HELLO DARLING (I’m talking to myself again), Summer Nationals is right around the corner (4 months away)! It’s turbo time (kinda like turtle time) which means…IT’S TIME FOR ME TO KICK IT INTO HIGH GEAR!!
(Insert Karate chop!!)