Hey, hey—happy Friday! First, thanks for your supportive comments on yesterday’s downer of a post. Even though I’ve moved past it (sort of), I’m still struggling with the fact that I didn’t finish the 500 yards due to lack of effort; I would be OK with the cutoff if I had given 100 percent, but that wasn’t the case. However, I do feel a little better because my teammate who also completed the “race” wasn’t pleased with his performance either, and like me, he was in a bad mood all day. Takes one to know one, right? What really turned my outlook around, though, was an email from Andrew. (I also briefly talked to him at our team meet-up last night.) I feel like I let him down (and myself, obviously) by doing not-so-great yesterday, but he said it’s a different kind of event that requires a different strategy, and it was my first time doing it—and he was happy with how I did. Live, race, and learn.
Workout – Swimming
Guess what came with me to this morning’s swim session?
Hey, wetsuit! Long time no see! Our practice was wetsuit optional, and based on my high school basketball experience, I know optional really means required. (My high school coach was notorious for holding “optional, but highly encouraged attending” open gyms, aka mandatory.) I haven’t worn it since the DeRuyter Triathlon in September, and it’s been patiently waiting in my closet to make its 2013 debut.
According to my teammates, Nautica South Beach will be wetsuit-legal, so it’s time to start logging some time in it. I forgot how snug it fits up top, and I thought my arms would fall off during our 500-yard warm up. I was also overheating a bit, but wearing the suit proved to be worth it—we did the doggie paddle and water polo drills again, and the extra buoyancy was great! More importantly, it was my first time wearing my wetsuit since really working on my swim, and it was awesome to feel the improvements. It’s all about progress!
As soon as I got home, I inhaled a mashed banana and some plain Greek yogurt before taking a shower. After, I made some instant oats and added half a scoop of Jay Robb egg white protein powder.
Plus some cinnamon and brown sugar—so good!
My sister Margaret is here, so we’ll be exploring, shopping, and eating the day away. Have a great one!