My back and knees are better, but still not up to snuff. So no leg day torture today. I switched up to the pool. I am definitely thankful for having discovered lap swimming. I'm still Slow Poke Rodriguez, but it's a great alternative when an "active rest day" or a low impact workout is needed. It will be part of my workout rotation from here on out.
My swimming experience in training for the sprint triathlon has reinforced for me the lesson about persistence. It took a full year of floundering with lap swimming before I had last week's breakthrough of finally being able to swim freestyle the entire 250 yard distance. This morning, I upped that to 500 yards, all freestyle. And the improvement in my 250 yard time last week is real. Almost matched it by a few seconds this morning. Calvin Coolidge had it right:
"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
IT'S OFFICIAL: I'm now registered for the June 16 sprint T. I'm in the 50-54 age category. I saw a few men registered who are in their 60's, and one gent who is 71. I'm just a kid.
I also tried intervals while swimming. After swimming 500 yards freestyle, I did alternating intervals of 25 yards freestyle (but going faster), then 25 yards breaststroke (a slower 'rest interval') to catch my breath. Repeat for another 500 yards. WHOLE WORKOUT: 34:28.
Plus, my back and knees were happy campers.
WORKOUT THIS MORNING --- LAP SWIMMING (1,000 YARDS):
--- 500 yards freestyle
--- 500 yards of intervals: Alternating freestyle + breaststroke