It’s still so freakin’ cold here (-9F @7am) that I wimped out of my run. As punishment, I went for 100 in the pool. After my 90 yesterday I thought I’d be flailing by 30 but found a groove and actually feel better than I did yesterday.
I love doing math as I swim, number of lengths to miles, how long the last 100yds took, how, if I swam another 100 lengths, I’d just about have swum a 5K! Whaa?!?
Oh, now that’s a goal to go for, 5K, non stop. And let’s aim for 90 mins to start. Doable? I think so!
It was -16F (-27C) this morning when I left the house, shorts and tee weather for sure! I was out in this weather because number 2 son managed to snap the indicator stalk off of his steering column and then slid down the driveway in a panic. I got his car back up the drive. Its strange, would you believe that, not flooring the accelerator and just dabbing it smoothly, actually, allows you to drive on ice?!? Kids, think they know it all!
I drove him to school and saw my swim kit in the back of the car. Ah ha! Excellent, I could do with a swim. I soon found out another consequence of -16 degree weather, when leaving you kit in the car overnight. It freezes your slightly damp swim kit solid. I had to run them under a tap to loosen them up and then did the funky chicken dance around the changing room trying to get them on. Once on, some smart alec noted that it might have been easier to put them on, in the shower, doh!
Bashed out 80 and felt great for it. This exercise malarkey is just plain good for the soul!
Mrs Alt had a op last week to try and correct the mess that was her original carpal surgery. Hopefully successful, but, she only has the use of one hand and is not allowed to drive right now.
She had a dental appointment this morning. Hmmm, an opportunity methinks. I can drop her, race through town and get in the pool for a quick dip. ‘Im only having a check up so dont be long!’
60 furious laps in 25 mins! Just about, all freestyle, no breaks, just pushed on, slowed when I needed it. No time for a cool down; got changed; got back in the car a sweaty mess. I raced back to the dental office expecting her to be waiting. Wah?!? Where is she? ‘Oh she’s still in the chair, she’ll be another 20 mins yet’ WTF!?!
Head down, I drag my ass outside, to sit in the cold to cool off. 40 mins later she comes out. ‘Been waiting long?’ ‘No dear, just got here :0)’
It was tough to get up and get to the pool this morning. Its not cold, yet but it was dark and miserable. My angry run has left me with really angry DOMs. There’s a lesson there but I choose to ignore it! Too angry still, Im still waiting for an apology!
But, as usual, I had a huge smile when I got out. 80 lengths in the bag. Im not doing what I would consider a conventional training plan. Its a gradual mix of breast and freestyle for 30, culminating in 20 straight freestyle and 30 mixed winding back down.
An awesome swim, smooth and controlled. I can not move my arms above my shoulders right now but, arms are so overrated.
Good for clearing the head, but I’m still angry! Teenagers, can’t live with em … nope, that’s it. Self centered, arrogant, selfish little b’stard!
Note to self. Next time an angry run is needed be sure to already be wearing running kit. Khaki shorts, cotton tee and a fleece are not conducive comfortable running.