Monday, March 16, 2009

Talk about a long swim

Last night/this morning Elle came into my room at least 10 times. It seems like the smart thing to do would be to just let her sleep with me, but I can not sleep with a little wiggly person laying right next to me, or more likely, trying to lay on me. So I kept putting her back, hoping each time that this would be the last time. 

Finally, when she came in at 4:30, I just said, "That's enough." and got up. I read her a book and actually got her to go back to sleep - now that I needed to be awake. I had a little oatmeal with blueberries (the usual) and sat around for a little while to make sure she really was going to sleep, then I left for the gym. She was still in there coughing just before I left (poor little thing) so I figured she'd be up in a few minutes and in sleeping with Pete (he's nice, he lets her stay).

My training plan for today said:
S: long day
wu: 4 x 75
main: 500swim, 500kick, 500pull, 500swim, all RPE 4
15 x 100 (25Easy, 25Build, 25Easy, 25Hard)
cd: 100 swim, 100 back
It sure was a long workout. I was in the pool for an hour and 40 minutes. It went from hardly anyone there when I got there, to everyone sharing lanes, to hardly anyone there when I left. I shared lanes with a really fast guy. He made me feel like a row-boat next to a motor-boat. This is always good, though. I don't want to be thinking I'm too fast and get complacent. 

By the time I got done with all the 500s it felt like I should be done, and I was tempted to cut it a little short and only do half the 100s or something, but then I thought, "No way, I'm not going to get up at 4:30 only to not do my whole workout!" And I finished the whole thing.

It was a total of 3800 meters. That is almost 2.4 miles! I did have a bunch of little rests, but I tried not to stop for too long, and I was pushing pretty hard for some of it so maybe that evens it out. A swim time of 1:40 wouldn't be terrible. I'm shooting for 1:30 since that's about what Pete did. He's amazed that my plan is having me do this much swimming already. Hopefully I will be totally ready and confident on race day!

I got home just in time to get Mindy to school. It turned out that Elle slept like a little angel for Pete while I was gone. I woke her up when I got home trying to rush Mindy out the door. Then I took Pete to work, came home and had my "second breakfast." I had bacon, eggs, toast and orange juice. I felt nice and energized after that, but I still wanted to relax so I watched part of The Secret of Roan Ish with Ethan and Elle before taking Ethan to school. That movie's just fun to listen to the little girls Irish accent. So cute. 

I really hoped to take a nap while Ethan was at school, but by the time I got Elle to sleep, we only had half an hour before it was time to pick him up. I did sleep for a few minutes before rushing back off to pick the kids up, go to Costco, then take Mindy to ballet, come home for dinner, having family night, get the kids to bed.... It just never ends does it? I'm going to go to bed early tonight since I've got another early morning ahead of me tomorrow. Goodnight!


  1. bless your heart Colleen. I want to help, too bad i'm not your are going to be more than ready, don't forget the adrenaline that kicks in on race day.

  2. That's right. The adrenalin will make that swim seem like nothing! :) At least that's what I hope. I know in past races, the swim has gone by really fast, but then there have been a few where the swim seemed really hard. Hopefully it will be a fast one.