Okay, so with my HM out of the way, I really need to get back into focus with my tri. That being said, I've made it a personal goal to take it easy on running (my knees and legs in general really need a break) and to really push the swimming. My swimming has really suffered lately (I've only swam twice in the last 6 weeks!!!), so I have made it a goal to hit the pool a minimum of twice a week from here on out.
First, let me say something about swimming: I suck at it. It is by far my weakest of the 3 tri events...not that I'm strong in any of them, but swimming is definitely the one I struggle with the most. I mean, any endurance event can take a lot out of you, but especially one where your face is in water the entire time and you can't even breathe any time that you want to. And aside from all of this, swimming is just a lot less convenient than running or cycling for me. I can run or cycle in my neighborhood, whereas with swimming, I have to drive to the pool and I have to go during their hours. Most of the time with swimming, just getting to the pool is half the battle. With that said, let me tell you about last night:
First of all, with working full-time, having 2 young children (1 of whom is involved in a lot of activities), and with going to PT several times a week, most days only allow for a small window of time for me to squeeze in my workouts. Last night was no exception. Rylie had dance from 6:30 - 7:30. Her dance studio is just a couple miles from the community center that I swim at. Mind you, I have a membership to 24 Hour Fitness...but the gym near me does *not* have a pool and the closest 24HF with a pool is quite a drive from me. If my 24HF had a pool, it would make things a lot more convenient for me.... ANYWAY, I dropped Rylie off at her dance studio and headed over to the pool. I walked in feeling good because it was only Tuesday and I was well on track for meeting my 2 times at the pool for the week. Well, I signed in, headed to the locker room, got undressed.......and then.....I realized I forgot to bring a towel. And a ridiculous amount of rage came over me and I fought back tears as I stormed out. UGH, that's just like me to f things up like that! I was just pissed at myself cuz I basically blew any chance of swimming for the day.
So I drove home and by the time I got there, I of course did not have time to grab a towel and drive back and swim before I had to get Ry from dance. Nor did I have much time left to do much of anything else either. I went ahead and grabbed my bike from the garage and took it for a super quick 5 mile bike ride.....but yeah, I totally blew swimming for the day AND only got in a wimpy 5 miles on the bike. So now I HAVE to go to the pool both tonight and tomorrow night cuz we're leaving to go out of town on Friday. I'm just annoyed and hope I can force myself to get to the pool the next 2 nights....since last night was a giant fail and a huge waste of my time. :\ So annoying.....
Tuesday, April 28, 2009: muscle conditioning, 5 mi bike ride