For the last almost 12 years, since when I moved to LA with Jack, I have wanted to swim Masters again. I love the camaraderie, the coaching, to be coached, swimming at dusk and dawn and the complete feeling of physical depletion after a challenging swim workout surrounded by others who feel the same. YES, I have been swimming tons the last 12 years, but not on a Master’s Team. With teaching boot campers early in the morning and Jack’s work schedule/kids activities at nighttime, the timing didn’t workout.
However right now, this year, the one of craziness right now but full of #39Adventures, it happened!
I promised myself that I would make it to Master’s Swimming this week to kick off training for the year and my 39th year. Yes, I was on little sleep from our sweet Finnie up coughing and up teaching Boot Camp. Yes, I actually fell asleep on the couch at 5pm and could have stayed snuggled up with my kids, enjoying some special weekday Disney Channel. But nope…I made the commitment to myself that I would swim Tuesday night, Friday morning and Saturday morning this week. Just like I say to my clients, “The hardest part is lacing up and getting out the door!”. For me the hardest part was getting out the door…in my flips of course.
Excitement was oozing out of me, like a kid on her first day of school.
“Would I be ok? I haven’t been on a team for a bit, will I be able to pace ok with others?”.
But so much excitement I got there 30 minutes early…5:30 pm instead of 6! My tired Mama brain bad, since it’s 5: 30 am practices. Ready I popped in. Coach Brett was super nice. Our babysitter Heather, a fellow triathlete friend Dennis and I shared a lane. It was perfect!
Swim Workout total yardage was 2700 = happy camper!
It was so great to not have to think of the workout and just follow along! Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to be coached instead of always attempting to coach ourselves. Right now I LOVE IT! #39adventures year, the one that ends with qualifying for Nationals and Worlds in Triathlon. Bring on the Chlorine, bleached out hair, new Zoomers, goggle marks and soggy smiles as this Swimmer is stoked to be back on a team! And small world, the coach surfs with my brother sometimes…gotta love the 6 Blocks of Separation in Alameda. That’s what I call it at least!
How are you challenging yourself to be coached this year?? What are you doing to get out of your comfort zone and push your limits?
Early Morning Boot Camp Workout – Traveling Bands: – total running milage 2.8 miles
1. Run to do circuit at picnic benches- 3 push ups – plyo to 3 narrow push ups – 3 Dips. Repeat 8 Rounds.
2. Run to Bars for circuits of Lat Pull Downs and Rows with Static Holds, Tuck Jack Jumps. Repeat 3 Rounds.
3. Run to benches and do resisted side stepping on band, bicep curls, side bends, planks. Repeat 3 Rounds.
4. Run all the way back to first benches and do step up circuit- Step Up, Heel Drop, Reverse Lunge. Each exercise 10 reaps. Repeat both legs 2x.
Jog back with stretching of Frankensteins, High Knees, Rotations and Hamstring Stretch.
Dig Deep. Play HARD!