Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Necessary Evil

5:10 a.m.: Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! (Alarm)

SMACK!!!(My handing smacking the snooze button)

5:17 a.m.: Repeat…

5:24 a.m.: Repeat…

5:31 a.m.: J.T.: “Lana, get on up, and go swim. You know you’ll feel better afterwards.” (My husband’s politically correct way of saying ‘Please go swim – if you don’t you’re going to be an old grouch all day’)

Lana: “You’re right, I’m going.”

…15 minutes later, sitting on the side of the pool

Water: “Don’t look at me like that. I haven’t done anything to you.”

Lana: “Yeah, whatever. Are you gonna be nice to me like you were Monday or what?”

Water: “I’m the same every day. It’s you that has the problem. Don’t be blaming it on me.”

Lana: “Touche! Simmer down now. I’m here, ya know. Not in bed where I want to be. I’d just like to go away feeling somewhere between okay and good. Not discouraged.”

Water: “Well, sitting there staring at me isn’t doing you any good.”

I get in and start swimming. I don’t feel that great, and near then end of my 500 yd warmup Michele reminds me that my head is down too much. I fix it, and it feels much easier. Then I do 500 yds with fins, slowly, focusing on gliding and breathing every third stroke. Then 5 x 200s freestyle.

The first one – 3:50.

Lana: “Hmmm, that’s not bad. I probably can’t do it again, but not bad.”

Second one – 3:50.

“I’ll take it.”

Third one – 3:50 again.

“Yes!”

Fourth one – 3:50.

“Whew..one more. Hold this pace once more.”

Fifth one – 3:45.

“Now that’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout,” getting out of the pool with no outward expression but jumping up and down on the inside.

Water: “Yeah, well, come and see me more often and maybe we can get a long a little better, huh?”

Lana: “Alright, maybe…but don’t even think we’re friends. Just because I had two pretty good days in a row doesn’t mean I feel any friend-like affection to you, dude. You are necessary to get me to the bike; therefore, I have to put up with you. Now…you start getting me to my bike in a position where I’m not chasing the rest of the pack the entire race, and we’ll talk about friendship.”

Water: “Like I said, come back and see me more often. Relationships take work, ya know.”

I won’t even go into why I was swimming this morning instead of swim class last night. I’m sure Michele will explain, so check her blog to find out. I’m supposed to do a 40 minute run today w/ a 30 minute time trial. Now I’m not so sure I have my heart monitor with me.

Baseball news:
Briar got a 2 RBI single last night! He plays (scrimmages) again tonight. No T-Ball practice for Bo until Friday.

4 comments:

Ellie said...

Whooo! What great, consistent times! Things are getting better!

(I also swim only to get me to the bike part....)

Joe said...

Wow! That's some very impressive pace-holding!

Michele said...

You looked great out there this morning. I can really see the improvement. Awesome job on the 500s

Benson said...

Holy aqua-woMAN! you and the water seem to be getting along swimmingly.