Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Epiphany

I had a rather long boring swim this morning and was trying really hard to come up with something fun to blog about. I didn't have any epiphanies but here are some random thoughts anyway.

~I don't love it when I am in the middle of a 1500 straight cool down swim (Yes, my coach gives 1500 c/d swims sometimes) and the guy in the next lane waits for me to get to the wall then pushes off right next to me and sprints for a 50 like we're racing. Please.

~Sometimes, like today, cool down swims involve max effort sprints. I do wonder sometimes if my coach has a clear understanding of exactly what "cool down" means. Though maybe there's no need to cool down when you're just going to go get on your bike immediately after.

~It was raining this morning when it was time to go riding. I kinda had to grit my teeth to get this one done. But I haven't just skipped a workout yet this year and I plan to keep it that way. So I got wet.

~Back to thoughts about swimming... this morning the pool was pretty crowded. Seemed like lots of new people who don't normally swim there showed up. And new people don't really know the protocol, you know? So there's no lane lines, but everyone in the pool is swimming long course, and this old lady gets in at the deep end and started swimming across the pool short course. WTF? This is not Frogger. Nalani and I just watched as the lifeguards scrambled over to stop her. Seems like maybe if you were new to pool swimming maybe you'd take a second to watch what other people are doing? Unfortunately, apparently not everyone thinks like that.

~It's getting lighter earlier and earlier in the mornings. I love that. Reminds me of Honu training the last few years... like everyone starts ramping up and getting ready to race when the sun finally starts coming up before 7AM. Spring is definitely my favorite time of year and I feel like I can smell it right now.

~I like running twice a day. My afternoon runs are pretty significantly better than my morning runs. Interesting. That was sort of an epiphany I guess. So there you go.

10 comments:

Molly said...

I like random training thoughts posts :-) Spring is definitely here, along with lots of rain!

mmmonyka said...

Today in the pool I kinda did the same thing as that guy... But only because I knew that a girl next to me does her warm up at approximately the same pace as my all out effort:) I needed extra motivation for all out 200 and I had to start the interval anyway.

Aimee said...

Ha ha..I can't believe that lady swam sideways in the pool!! She must have been so embarrassed!

Yay for spring coming and days getting longer!!

m said...

Maybe the old lady usually wears glasses and couldn't see??? Must have been funny to watch for you.

Beth said...

Too funny about the guy "racing" you on your cooldown. I hate that!!! And I'm still cracking up about the lady swimming short course!! :)

Ginger Spansel said...

It seems like that happens to me a lot in the pool, where some guy waits for you at the end and "trys" to race you for a 25. You flip and keep going. He waits again and repeats. Quite irritating in a warm up or cool down, but kind of fun during a set. I enjoy making them suffer!! Hahaha!!

Nitsirk said...

I love all the weirdos that show up at the pool. One time an old guy pulled a deck change without really using a towel just to put his suit in the suit dryer. Hilarious (and a little gross).

Running and living said...

Ah, I would love to run twice a day, except I am already running too much for a triathlete. I should be swimming and biking more...

1500m cool down, your coach does not mess around with volume.

I am the person who will race whoever is in the lines next to mine. I am also racing the person I am sharing the lane with. In act, my best swims are when the pool is crowded.

Pool etiquette, don't get me started. I've had people jump in my lane in front of me! Hr!

Angela said...

I miss training...have a good run for me will ya?

momo said...

i used to think that i could only run in the early mornings, but then i started training for a relay and figured i should get some afternoon runs in and i prefer them, too. i feel stronger and better prepared when i run in the afternoon. only problem is that in arizona, most of the year its too hot - unless you wait until dark - and then that's beautiful too!