Checking in

We had a long weekend up here in Canada. I did not train at all. I know. The season is rolling in and I am sittnig at home.

The dry cough has been getting to me. Every morning I would wake up from coughing. I spent the weekend just resting and taking it easy. Snooze a lot.

My throat is slowly getting better. From last Sat to today, I don’t cough as much.

The cooler weather certainly didn’t help.

Yesterday after work, I had to go to the pool. I need to swim. I got there and hit the laps until they are closed. For an hour, I did a number of drills. I am very glad to see how well my body and my arms respond from lack of exercise.

Of the three sports, swimming is my weakest. Swimming being a skill emphasis activity, I need to get more time in the pool and focus on my movement (like my left hand fling out when I pull). For the past two years, the swim in Muskoka Long Course, I wussed out. I vowed that this time around, I will have a good swim. A good confident swim.

[Added]I had a hard time explaining my swimming experience. Perhaps this is my insecurity from swimming. Ha, what? Cliff, didn’t you swim 3.8 km at Ironman last year? That’s true. I am very surprise at how well my swim was. Despite that, my weakest leg is still swimming.

What should I do? Well, I certainly not going to bail on swim and focus in duathlon (Run Bike Run). I believe that majority of this insecurity is in my head. As most fears in life are. So how do I go about dealing with our own fears? Make it an experiment. Place myself in situation where I would feel the fear and test myself. In this case, swim more, swim in groups, swim in open water. Don’t be afraid to lead a swim (even I am awfully slow.. 🙂 ).

First, get the pool time. Then, get open water practice. Sitting around does not help.

After the swim, I hit the treadmill for 30 min. I kept it easy. Just run for the sake of running.

The weather this week is still pretty chilly. I am staying indoor for my throat sake until the weather turns around.

On Fri, we are expecting some summer weather. About time :).

Today during Oracle meeting, I jot down this week training plan :). Nothing heavy. Right now, just chalking up time.

On the family front. My parents have been talking about retiring. About time. They have been working since I was born. I am sure their attitude had rubbed off to me.

A number of friends ask me if this is good or bad. I do not know. I just know that there will be a huge change in a few years.

I am still thinking more schooling….we shall find out where that leads. Until the next post, I will be doing what I can to get train. Take it easy…


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