Wednesday night=the dreaded Master's swim practice...
But wait! One of my goals for 2008 is to no longer approach swimming like it's a root canal. We all know what a difference a positive attitude can make when dealing with workouts and other life events that we don't want to do. Does that mean I have to apply this philosophy to swimming?
Yes, it does.
So...Coach K let me choose which lane to swim in last night. She said I was a "tweener." In other words, I really don't fit into any lanes. (It's so hard to be the middle child). Sometimes, I swim in the Lane of Dread with DB, Fave, Kate O & Bethany - but not last night. Instead, I swam in the Lane of Joy with Lynn & Molly. I love that lane.
We ended up swimming close to 2100 meters, which is a solid swim workout. When I swim in the Lane of Joy, I find myself becoming more & more relaxed in the water. Rather than worrying about holding up everyone behind me (a la the Lane of Dread), I can focus on my stroke. I thought about gliding as much as I could. I even started breathing less frequently some of the time - every 5 strokes instead of every 3.
Perhaps my new strategy will be to spend half the time in the Lane of Joy and then force myself over to the Lane of Dread.
But on second thought, my word this year is joy. Maybe I'll stay in the Lane of Joy.
Time will tell.