Yesterday (Tuesday) morning, I layered up and braved the 10* weather and snow covered sidewalks to run a solid little 3 mile tempo. It kicked my butt! It definitely shows that I haven’t done speed work in a looooong time. But it felt fantastic and I managed to maintain sub-8 pace (thanks to Rex, my new Timex GPS watch).
This morning (Wednesday) was masters swim day #2 and I swam a total of 3650 yrds. It sounds like Mondays will be technique/form, Wednesdays will be speedier stuff, and Fridays will be distance.
I can’t tell you how glad I am I signed up for this class. It’s really challenging and I feel happily exhausted afterwards. And the coolest part? It feels like I’m a part of a team again. A lot of the time, we work together during drills and repeats. Starting at the same time, resting the same amount, etc. The other swimmers are super friendly and it’s encouraging to know I’m working on the same drills as the person next to me. It makes me feel accountable, like I need to push through the harder drills to maintain my effort or take the fair amount of rest (b/c they are too). I really dig it.
Sure, I’m on the slower end of all the swimmers, but who cares! I was intimidated at first, but I quickly realized that’s just silly. So if you’ve ever thought about taking a swim class (or anything outside of your comfort zone for that matter) but turned away because you might be intimidated, don’t be! Give it a try, it might really surprise you :)