Yesterday morning I had my alarm set for 6am to go swimming. Still in a zombie state, I got myself out of bed and on the bus towards school. The entire ride up, I was debating with myself: short swim with sprints? or long distance swim? I feel lazy… I don’t want to be in the pool for a long time… maybe I’ll just do 800m… But by the time I got to school I said to myself, Erin, you’re already awake. You’re already at the pool. You might as well make the best of it and stop whining! So I sucked it up and made the mental decision that I was going to push myself.
I swam 1600m total, which is a lot for me. 800m nonstop swim (17 minutes), 8x100m sprints (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke). Swimming 800m nonstop is still tough, but every time I do it, I feel stronger and more comfortable. My arms felt tired (but a good tired) and I was full of positive energy all day.
Moral of the story? Working out is 90% mental. Once you commit to doing it and give yourself a positive mental attitude, you can do anything. And you’ll be glad you did :)
I’m heading up to Wyoming tonight to kick it with my bro for the weekend. He goes to the University of WY for graduate school (pursuing a PhD in geophysics. How baller is that?!) We’re really tight and I love that I live this close to him. We joke that I follow him around the country. He moved to Ohio for college, then a year later I moved to Ohio for college. He moved out west for grad school, then a year later I moved out west for grad school.
Every time I go up there, we have a blast. WY is gorgeous and we’re planning on snowshoeing on Saturday. Can’t wait! I hope you have a great weekend, too! See you on Monday :)