A few things have happened that have caused my motivation to falter a bit:
1 - Laziness
2 - Most others in our S.L.O.W. group are not swimming as much
3 - Laziness
4 - Gords quit swimming until further notice and that is a bummer
5 - Laziness
6 - No real goal this year and nothing I have had to make a financial commitment to in order to force my ass to the water.
7 - Laziness
8 - End of school year was busy and immediately after school was out, I went on a cruise. Now I'm taking Health endorsement classes for a few weeks.
9 - LAZINESS!
I did go on a cruise last week and did swim 1 mile in Honduras so I can check that country off for my "1-Mile per country" self challenge. Beautiful swim and had a great time.
Representing SLOW with my suit.
I have been going to the pool here and there for a few months but effort and drive are just not there.
The water is warming up and I decided to start trying OW again. I had gone to GSL a few times earlier last month to help out my Master's coach Rebecca as she prepared for the GSL 10k.
I checked online and Jordanelle was reporting 65 degree water. No problem. I woke up early and headed down to the lake before the sun rose. Just like old times.
I got my Swimmer Buddy ready and walked into the water....This is NOT 65 degrees. I stood there with water at my waist for 10 minutes debating whether to swim or not. I felt like such a wimp and coward. I was shivering, anxious, and generally unhappy to be there. I forced myself in and started going. I got the usual searing pain between my eyes I usually get when the water is below 50. I swam to the first buoy and took out my thermometer. I was expecting something really bad...nope, only 57! I was actually cold and complaining for 57 degree water. Then I flat out got upset with myself. How soft have I become where 57 degree water shakes me this bad? ( I was still shivering at the first buoy...again, pathetic)
I forced myself to swim some to at least warm up. I swam a few more buoys then turned back. My biggest goals up getting up, getting to the lake early and at least getting in were met.
I ended up only doing .7 miles but the mental hurdle was the biggest accomplishment for today.
All the way home I kept thinking:
1 - It used to take the water to be at LEAST 55 before I would even shiver at all!
2 - Last year I would not break stride from my car to the lake, to full swimming. It was one continuous motion. Today I stood there for at least 10 minutes talking myself into it and convincing myself that I will be okay.
3 - I used to come here and do a minimum of a few miles per day. Before Tahoe, I did 10 and wanted more...MUCH more but forced myself out. Now I was done at .7.
4 - Man...I have gotten SOFT!
The good news is that when I got out, I got that rush of accomplishment you get when finishing a workout. Silly but I had forgotten that feeling. Knowing that feeling is coming is the only thing that has kept me swimming some days. I also did get a spark to keep going. I do have class again next week but I might go out a few times anyway. I at least know I won't die!
|Nice and easy|
.7 miles OW