Sunday, April 1, 2007

4.6K by Water, 5K by Land

Sure, I felt great on Saturday after that 12-mile run. But between the eight-hour class and Georgetown busting my bracket, it made for a perfect day of rest. It wasn’t all downtime, however: I visited my mom in Euclid where we ate too much food and took the dogs for a walk. It always startles me now when I realize how much colder it is lakefront during early spring. Good thing I always over dress.

Nevertheless, I woke up this morning ready to swim. The energy was there but, no, I didn’t try to bike it this time. I did, however, swim to the tune of 5,000 yards, my longest post-competition swim yet:

  • 4 x 500 yards free
  • 500 yards kick (200 fly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke kick)
  • 10 x 200 yards alt. free and IM
  • 100 yards warm down
  • 400 yards yeah, right: as if I would stop at 4,600 yards free

That's right: I did a warm down and then swam another 400 yards. I took off my goggles after the last 100 yards and lifted myself half way out of the pool before I dropped back in, slapped my goggles back on and just swam the final 400. Maybe I'm too obsessive compulsive?

By the time I calculated that I was just another 400 yards from swimming 3 miles, I already had shampoo in my hair. I was (this) close to going back, but I didn’t think the rec. people would dig the suds in the pool. Maybe they would have. Who knows?

And just as Joe was talking about runner’s high, I came home with some serious swimmer’s high. So, I strapped on my shoes and went for a 5K run—I figured it only made sense with the nearly 5K swim. (Truth is that I always forget that I’m swimming yards—I’ve been used to swimming meters—and the match-up would have been fun. Maybe a little sad, but still fun.)

I’m taking part in two Nike+ challenges this month—one for the fastest 3K and another for most miles in April. I’m in fifth right now for miles and was cursing myself for having run my 12 miles two days before the start of April! But I have calmed down my far-too-competitive side and figured I’ll just have to do it again!

And those 12 miles will help for the Cleveland 10-miler, which is coming up in less than four weeks.


miss petite america said...

i'm excited for you...big races and big competitions...and some damned good swimming too...color me jealous.

Papa Louie said...

Congrats on swimming a 5K! I'm going to have to try some longer swims to see if I can get that swimmers high.

Joe said...

Two-a-days! Oh my!

The Salty One said...

Hey G! I grew up in Wickliffe and went to a private Catholic high school that shall not be named, but that sits pristinely on the shores of Lake Erie and on the border of Euclid and Cleveland. Small world!