It’s a good thing I like Dora from Finding Nemo so much. Her “just keep swimmin’!” song is often in my head. This morning I was being crabby… didn’t really want to bike commute, didn’t want to go to work, didn’t want to run… etc etc. Finally realized a swim might be nice, and realized this at about 6:30. I just had time… so I threw things in a bag, climbed in the car, and made myself go to the gym. Driving I realized I should be at work by around 8:30 or 8:45, so I’d have to be leaving the gym at 8. No excuses… I kept driving to the gym (it’s easy when you already have a suit on to say you’ll get in the water even if just for 30 minutes).
Well then the water took over. I was gliding, and it just felt good. Lisa was a lane over, and Brandon (from the other 24HF) was also in a lane. It was fun to see much of the Rancho morning pool gang has moved to Upland! It’s soooo nice to go to a gym that (at least for now) is less crowded and still has a new/clean feeling to it. So I decided to put my drills in the 500 warmup that was on my schedule, and then, since I was feeling so great, decided to go for all 6 300s (schedule called for 4-6 of them for the main set). I was feeling comfy in the water, and totally in tune. I mean, when else would I be feeling the tip of my fingers (like from above the top joint) and exactly how the water is flowing around, over, and between them?? It was a somewhat crazy level of awareness, and damn it felt good! Finished all 6 repeats of 300s, and then did a 500 cooldown, just making my stroke feel accurate. An awesome morning of 2800 yards in about an hour!
Why is it that swimming always makes me have to pee?? Even if I didn’t really hydrate tons for it. I don’t think I drink that much of the pool! If I did, it would be empty every few days! :p
I have found a way to break some of my bad habits (really the food-centric ones): Focus on breaking it for a month, and then the good version of the habit takes the place. I did this around October to break my Froot Loop habit, and another month I broke my tortilla chip habit. What is next? My processed sugar habit. Candy, and chocolate, and frozen yogurt, and ice cream, and all those wonderful tasting things. Well, having them less often will just make the more special! So for April I will not eat processed sugar as a regular thing. Once a week I can have a single processed sugar snack (ie a single frozen yogurt or serving of chocolate). Because life still has to be fun, and hey, I work out a lot and should get some rewards sometimes. Plus I’m spending Easter with my nephew (ok and his parents) and I know there will be some sugar around then.
This lower-sugar-month should also help me start dropping a few pounds. I’m feeling a bit heavy right now, and I know I have some extra fat I would be happy to shed. I’m in a decent exercise habit right now, so I know it has to be my lack-of-good-eating-habits that are responsible. Sorry I just-like-dashes-right-now. Perhaps May will be drinking more water month…