I am officially starting my 4th full week of IMWI training today. Whew! This is just the beginning and it’s already hard. Not hard in a sense of the workout being difficult (except swimming, more on that later), but just trying to fit it all in. Being a mom of 2 amazing kiddos which I have 50% of the time and an full time IT professional, already fills up my calendar but then you add in 1-2 hour daily workouts and it’s a juggle. Most days I am getting up super early or doing my best to fit my workout in during the day on my lunch break. I feel like it’s a game of Jenga, move a piece here and move a piece there and hope it doesn’t topple over. So far, so good but I am certain it will only get harder.
Let’s talk about swimming. In 3 1/2 weeks I have logged 14,000 yards in the pool. Woah! I realize that to some that may have swam in high school or for a club, that isn’t a lot. But for this girl, who didn’t swim much growing up and prior triathlon training consisted of about 800 yards of swimming per week at best, 14,000 is A LOT. I am still adjusting to say the least. I am not a fast swimmer so it takes me forever to complete a swim workout. And I am exhausted at the end. Coach just keeps telling that it will get better with frequency and consistency. I am sure he is right but not going to lie, it is hard and a bit demoralizing still. And boring, let me tell you. There is nothing more boring than swimming (sorry swimmers). Nothing to look at or listen to except sloshing water and the black line on the bottom of the pool. I usually count to pass the time. Count my strokes, every other stroke or how many laps I have done or to go. I think I need to invest in some underwater swimming headphones!
Gotta keep telling myself, “this is the easy work, enjoy it now, it’s only going to get harder, just keep swimming.”
On another note, I thought I would be fun to highlight some of the books I have been reading lately. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I love to go to the library. I usually walk out with a stack of books that I know I will never get through before they are due back. It’s like going to the buffet on an empty stomach, I always want to check out more books than I can handle. Reading certainly fills my soul with happiness and I often neglect to give that need enough attention. My kids and I have stopped at the library every couple weeks and I walked out with a ton of running, endurance and training books, and promptly got to reading them.
I just finished Running Home: Big-League Wife, Small-Town Story by Alisha Perkins.
What initially attracted me to this book was that it was about a local gal and talked about a ton of local races that I had run myself. What I didn’t realize until I had started the book was that it was also about the author overcoming anxiety through running. It was so awesome to read about how running helped her clear her mind and made her a better mom, wife, daughter and friend. It was fun to read about her journey, how she got started running and how she tackled her running, fitness and self improvement goals. Loved it!
I also recently finished Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory by Deena Kastor.
The mind-body connection is so incredible and often overlooked. Deena Kastor writes about how positive thinking can be a tool to help you achieve your physical goals like running. Deena talks about racing different race distances and strategies she and her coach would enlist to turn her into distance running record holder (holla sub 15 min 5k). I loved how she described running and how she would hone in on the smallest of things like the sound of feet striking the ground or the breathing of a competitor. I am certainly not saying that I will be racing IMWI competitively (only to compete with myself) but that how I mentally prepare for and think while in a race can greatly impact my performance. I finished the book feeling very inspired!
Next post I will do a race recap of the TC 10 Miler. Stay tuned!