Today was my first day back at the pool in 4 weeks. A work trip to Asia and bronchitis have put quite a wrinkle in my training plan but I am now ready to get back at it.
I showed up at the Y right at 10AM when they opened. I quickly got ready & headed to the pool in hopes to get a lane before the morning rush. When I opened the door I immediately noticed the pool looked different. The water was super smooth & the color looked different. There were 2 guards on the deck & they informed me the water temp was 65 degrees. Apparently they had to drain the pool & refill it yesterday, I can only imagine why. The water didn't have time to heat up to the balmy 80 degrees it normally is.
When they told me this I had a few thoughts run through my head. One was, 'Humpf, well $hit, I haven't swam in 4 weeks & I am ready to get back in the pool, now what?' My next thought was 'well, I have swam in 72 degree water without a wetsuit & it would be good to know what 65 degrees feels like.' You know, because the triathlete/engineer in me LOVES data points!
So I decided, what the hell I am going to swim anyway. Normally when I get in the pool I jump in & sink to the bottom then push back up. Today when I jumped in it took my breathe away. I had to hurry up & get back to the surface. I then started to swim - I had to stop each 50 for the first few laps to catch my breath - it was so freaking cold. I had 1500 yards on the schedule but thought I would just swim for as long as possible. Stopping wasn't an option. I lasted 18 minutes or 700 yards. I was getting colder & decided to get out.
Now I know that if I ever show up to a race & the water is 65 degrees I better have my wetsuit. I have swam in 72 degrees with no wetsuit & it was fine. It's funny how big of a difference 7 degrees make.
Spring Bootie Buster Challenge
I signed up for the Spring Bootie Buster Challenge before I left in February. It started this past Monday but with jet lag & bronchitis I am off to a slow start. Fortunately I was feeling better this weekend & was able to get a few workouts in.
SBBC Week 1
Monday - nada
Tuesday - 64 oz water
Wednesday - 64 oz water
Thursday - nada
Friday - nada
Saturday - 40 minute run, 64 oz water
Sunday - 18 minute swim, 60 minutes yoga, 7 freggies
Week 1 Points = 16
SBBC Total Points = 16
All SBBC participants received a pair of Lock Laces. They arrived a few weeks ago while I was out of town but yesterday I finally put them on my running shoes. I always use these types of laces but this is the first time I have used Lock Laces. They are by far my favorite. They were super easy to install & they come in lots of fun colors. I think all SBBC folks received hot pink. They would have looked better on my old New Balance shoes that are pink & yellow.
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