Does one success count as a trend? Probably not, but I’m still going to claim success. After two weeks of chaos from storms, moving, and other disruptions of life, I actually completed both of my planned workouts, on the day for which they were planned, and in the order I planned to do them. SUCCESS! Amazing the things you find joy in after a while.
I started off the day with a 3 mile run through the apartment complex. It’s almost a full one mile loop on the main perimeter road, and it avoided needing to go out onto the more heavily traveled road with no sidewalk or streetlights before dawn. Even though I’m not a big fan of “running laps” to get in miles (after all, don’t we get enough of that in swimming?”, a one mile loop is big enough that I don’t feel like I’m constantly seeing the same thing. My pace was still slower than I’d like, but I’m not pushing very hard to avoid a flare up of the Plantar Fasciitis. There was a little residual soreness in my heel after the run, but not too bad. Nothing a little ice and elevation won’t help.
I looked at a number of options for the evening workout, my long-deferred swim. One of the great things about Tampa is that there area a lot of outdoor lap pools. The downside is that they are pretty crowded with Masters groups and swim teams, so you never know if you’re going to get a full workout in or get ejected when the next group shows up. There is also a shorter lap pool in my apartment complex, which is incredibly convenient. Unfortunately, there’s no sense of “pool etiquette”. Even though the pool is pretty big, and has one end marked for laps, the non-swimmers always seem to congregate in the lap end… not swimming, just hanging out. That was the case again tonight, but I sort of squeezed my way in. I intentionally asked them if it would bother them if I swam laps… “No, whatever, dude.” It didn’t take long to discover that they didn’t seem to understand what swimming laps entailed… repeatedly swimming from end to end. At any rate, I was able to get the full one hour swim in.
Despite it being almost two full weeks since my last swim, things went pretty well. The rhythm and pacing came back pretty quickly, and I was able to focus on extending my reach and pacing. I admit to being very tempted to calling it quits at the 30 minute point. I justified it in my head, since I was out of practice, etc. But, I stuck it out and finished the entire hour. I really do enjoy swimming outside more than inside, but I’m going to need some tinted goggles. That sun is blinding.
Tomorrow is a planned strength workout and another swim. I’ll try to do them both fairly early in the day, since I hope to spend the 4th of July holiday hanging out with parts of my family I don’t get to see very often. I usually space my swim and strength workouts at least 8-10 hours apart, so doing weights first and a swim not long afterward may impact the swim intensity. I’ll let you know how it turns out.