I thought the day would get better once I got in the pool, yea, not so much. I did have the luxury of having MK two lanes over from me. We chatted for a few minutes and then we both got to work. Her workout looked like a swim workout; mine looked more like someone had thrown a cat in a washing machine. I simply could not coordinate my body in the water. I couldn’t relax, I couldn’t breathe right, I couldn’t seem to hold my breath for more that about 5 seconds, I wasn’t smooth, it was just all wrong. I got to use a kick board for the first time, which was a blessing as I was clearly going to drown without the assistance of some kind of floatation device. On the bright side I did manage to remember my pool shoes today, so I might have some skin left on the bottom of my feet after my pool running. I had 20 minutes of running today.
Clearly my right leg was jealous of all the attention my left leg got yesterday because it completely seized up eight minutes in. Bright side…bright side…there has to be a bright side to this…ah ha…at least I wasn’t on the damn bike seat! And there was a minuscule sign of hope, on my last cool down lap I seemed to remember how to swim, but I was still having issues breathing, mostly in holding my breath, but at least I got from one end to the other!
Today left me slightly frustrated and questioning what I’m doing. How in the hell am I ever going to be able to do a triathlon of any length if I’m unable to swim 50 yards in a nice calm pool. In addition I’ve been having issues with my lower legs every time I try to run. And I’m not talking about 20 minutes into a run, I’m talking 20 seconds. My shins and calves simply hurt. Then add in the bike disaster from yesterday and I’m left with the fact that I am unable to successfully negotiate a single triathlon event. And then there is the issue of my weight. I’m eating “clean” and working out like an idiot and I’ve gained 10lbs, what the…?!
Days like this happen for every athlete and wanna-be athlete, I guess it’s not about having these kinds of days, but how to work through them. It’s also about asking for help when it’s needed. KB is adjusting my eating plan, MK brought me a smoothie, some nuun tabs to help with my leg cramps and is taking me shoe shopping tomorrow in the hopes that some properly fitted running shows will help with the leg pain when I run. In addition I’ve had a lot of feedback on Facebook about properly fitted shoes, stretches and compression socks that may help. I have hopes that if we can figure this little issue out I’ll make big gains in the running world. There will be rough spots on this road, but I just have to stay focused and keep heading down the road and things will get smother.