This morning I woke up at the early hour of 5am. I really wanted to do the early morning swim workout with the senior swim team (kids ages 13-18). We had met the coach 2 days prior and he said that it would be ok if we joined in. I warned him that I wasn’t quite as quick as his kids, but he seemed not to care. In fact, he was more than welcoming and he assured me that I would have a spot to swim.
This morning I was tired, grumpy, and nervous. Swimming is always tough for me. I am not as confident with it as biking or running and I hate getting in people’s way and I don’t like to be a burden. But the swim coach and his group of kids were really wonderful. He put me in a lane with another Ironman competetor (Imka, from germany?)and another gal from his swim group, Missy. After the warm up, Michael, the swim coach, asked us how we would feel about doing 30x 100 on 1:40 and 1:30. The 1:40′s seemed perfect to me and I would just have to hustle on the 1:30′s. Missy, on the other hand, was doing 1:15′s and 1:20′s. I was just trying to not get in her way!! Imka and I did our thing. It turns out that we were very compatible and it was nice to have someone as slow as I was.
After the ride, I came home and just crashed! I was so tired anfd I ended up taking a 2 hour nap! I never take naps…in fact, I am a insomniac! But the nap was really great.
We then took off for a ride around the ironman course. The course is 3 loops and we just did one loop of it. Michael and I did a bunch of hard efforts and I actually felt good. The wind was blowing hard and it was a really hard ride, but I still managed to stay strong and stick to Michael’s wheel. I felt the best today than I have the past week or so. It was really nice to start to feel like my old self again! I am hoping that today was the start of me feeling better everyday!