March 13, 2009

Back Among the Living

After 7 days of viral plague, I finally feel better. I got up at 6 a.m. to swim and had the usual first-thing-in-the-morning cough and congestion, but I figured it would pass on the subway ride to the pool. As always, I was late getting to the gym so I was in a huge rush. I ran down the stairs, praying the pool wasn't packed. I can usually tell by the amount of splashing I hear.

Luckily it was relatively slow. I was able to join a lane with just one swimmer and get going. My workout was simple - swim 1500 by doing 3 x 500 with a one-minute rest interval. This was in my aerobic pace as well so I got to take it easy. But in a matter of seconds it was obvious I hadn't been in the pool for 10 days. Talk about sloppy. I struggled to maintain decent form and my breathing was off as well. I was holding my breath a bit, which was not a good thing with this cold. And speaking of the cold, I had to stop a few times at the wall to cough. Nice. At least I wasn't blowing my nose in the water. That wouldn't be good since an official pool rule is - No expectorating of mucus allowed. Just reading that makes me want to rethink swimming with my mouth open.

I really miss swimming. It seems to be dropping off the schedule a lot lately and it's not only an area I need to improve, but it's a sport I really love. It's how I got into all of this and I don't want to see it diminished to a fraction of my training plan. As soon as I'm on the mend and have my new schedule under control, I'd like to spend more time in the water.

Distance - 1,500 yards
Time - 30:00

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you're feeling better, Kristen - nothing worse than feeling like you're falling behind on your training because of illness. I'm sure you'll be back on track in no time.



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