We’ve reached that time of the year when our calendars explode: holiday parties, dinner with friends, and social obligations in general.
Merry and bright—and “lit” as the kids would say.
As I type this post on Sunday morning, my heart is full because I’ve spent a lot of time with friends this week, but I’m also exhausted—and there are two more weeks of this! That’s a good problem to have, though.
General training notes: even though I completed all of my workouts, I definitely felt fatigued this week. I had commitments four nights—plus plans on Saturday night and today’s swim meet—so it was tough to turn around, wake up early, and run or swim. Working out keeps me balanced, though, especially this time of year.
Monday – a.m. run
Rain, rain … do whatever you want because I’ll run anyway. I kicked off the week with 5.75 easy miles in Central Park.
Tuesday – a.m. run
Two lower loops in Central Park for a total of four miles
Wednesday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters
Lots of choice (butterfly, backstroke, and breaststroke) during this 3200m practice. Two things stood out: first, when a set called for 25m butterfly, I felt comfortably uncomfortable (like I could do more?); second, I got to lead my lane during the fast freestyle set (300m, 4×25, 200m, 4×25, etc.).
Thursday – a.m. run
Since both my long-run bud and I are racing this weekend—he did a 15-K in Central Park, and I’m doing that swim meet—we decided to meet mid-week for an easy five miler.
Friday – a.m. swim with Bearcat masters
One final quality swim before Sunday’s meet—and it went well, whew! We focused on freestyle during this practice and logged close to 3000m. It’s crazy to think a 3000m practice now seems short. That’s great progress for this wannabe swimmer!
Saturday – p.m. swim with Bearcat masters
Easy 2500m to get the blood flowing and stay loose
Sunday – Metropolitan Short-Course Meters Championships
This meet doesn’t start until 5pm tonight, and I’m mentally preparing to go deep into the hurt locker for my 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 100m IM, and 200m IM. A successful outing would be one with no bellyflops, no goggles coming off, and no last-place finishes—and hopefully my 50m and 100m free will be faster than they were at October’s meet.
How do you stay balanced during the holidays?