Friday, July 17, 2009

Be Careful What You Wish For

For months now I've been dying to have the time to do a good 4000M workout in the pool. I wanted to swim HARD, but not just for 2000M... no, I wanted HARD for 4000M.

So naturally I was all psyched to get in the water this morning, knowing that I had plenty of time to get the whole workout in. It was especially cool too that I actually had an opportunity to chit-chat a little bit with my training partners between sets. Usually we just get down to business with the only talking being a very quick explanation of the set and then you hear something like, "5 seconds" and then we're all underwater and going.

That's how it has to be when you're cramming as many meters as possible into 50 minutes flat.

But this morning Quinn found out that I can actually be friendly when I'm not totally pressed for time. :)

Anyway, much of this mornings workout was very hard, and while I was psyched to have the opportunity to do it, I'm currently just exhausted! I forgot how much a long hard swim workout can turn you into a wet noodle for the rest of the day.

In the end though, the new arrangement with Dana coming over in the mornings is a win-win-win for everybody. Scott gets to go to work on time, I get a great swim workout in, Dana gets a quality run in, and Moana and Mercey have each other to pay with! Mercey was just as happy as she could be to get to play "Big Sister"... wanting to push Moana around in the stroller and all. I stopped her short of actually trying to feed Moana herself though in fear that the oatmeal would end up all over the kitchen floor.

The only factor I didn't consider in this whole arrangement was the fact that after I get to do my great awesome long hard swim, I get to come home and be not only mommy to my little 8 month old, but also play mommy for a 3 year old. Which can be a little bit of a challenge when you're body is functioning like a wet noodle. Though in the end, I'll take it. Dana and I are planning to continue the trade off on Mondays and Fridays, so I should have no problem getting my quality swims in from here on out. I just have this feeling though that I'm not going to be looking forward to the future ones as much as I was today. The novelty of killing yourself in really hard workouts can dissipate quickly when you're over trained and tired, ya know?


N.D. said...

I hear you - on not looking forward to them as much as today when it had been so long! But it will be great! Glad it worked out and you had a good swim. You are right though, swimming always takes so much more out of me than running and I'm always exhausted the rest of the day after a good swim!

X-Country2 said...

Nice work on finding another mom to trade kids! Hopefully it continues to work well.

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

SUPER arrangement! It will work out in the end...and your body will get used to the "wet noodle"-like feelings. It MAY be difficult to pick up children afterwards....but when you line up on the Kona start line - oh, so worth it! :)

Regina said...

yeah, three year olds..they require some effort for sure!!

glad you got a nice hard swim in. sounds like it was worth it, despite two little ones awaiting our arrival afterward.

Angela and David Kidd said...

Good luck with the three year old! Maybe you can convince her that vacuuming your floor is a lot of fun!

DC Running Mama said...

Toddlers scare me! They have SO much energy and they can skedaddle!

Charisa said...

Awesome you guys can both get a great workout in! But man, coming home to chase after little kids after that 4000m - that will make you stronger than anything :)

Katie A. said...

A couple of good things are coming out of your trade off: you and your friend get the much needed hard work outs in, AND you can practice on having two tykes around if you should ever think of giving Moana a sibling! :)
Good job on the hard swim!