It's official -- Every living thing in my household has spring fever. My animals are shedding at different rates, but the fur is flyin' all the same. My two cats have been loving the couple of days of nice weather. They are so frisky and run around the yard and zip up and down the trees in the front yard. Just now, Peanut made this God-awful yowl and sprinted around the living room. I opened the front door and she just took off like a bullet!! LOL!!
My swimming is slowly coming along. Charmaine gave me even more helpful advice yesterday. She said, "It's all coming back to me now" -- all her years of training and drills and such. Yesterday, she had me swimming along beside her for ten lengths without kicking and without a pool buoy, trying to keep pace with her (Yeah right!!! LOL!!!). She told me to keep saying to myself "Stretch and lean." I am still amazed at how these little tweaks leave me so exhausted. Just by concentrating on my swimming in this way I used muscles I never really used to capacity. My side stomach muscles throbbed after that measly 200m!!! And so did my poor little arms. Charmaine was telling me I was a bicep swimmer but I am really a tricep swimmer and she is going to help me change that!!
Needless to say, I was grinning like a mad fool all day long. I feel so lucky to have had great people come into my life!! :) :) :) My friend Cath in England is an incredible swimmer as well and her advice has lifted my meager swimming skills to another level. She has also swam beside me and around me, analyzing my swimming style. The way she explains things is like a true teacher. With Cath, I finally "got it." AND she is just most awesome person you will ever meet -- friendly, positive, outgoing, honest, everything!! (OK,I miss my bud!!) Can you imagine how wonderful it would be if all us tri-bloggers got together??? I think I would explode from all the positive energy!! :) :):):)
OK -- I know I have spring fever too!
I haven't rode outside yet this year and I am cutting it close because my first race is in Lethbridge on May 11!!! I haven't wanted to disconnect my bike from the CT on the one or two nice days we've had because I'd have to fart around to hook it back up afterwards. I know this is a terribly lame excuse but technology and me have a pendulous love/hate relationship dynamic. Unlike Susi and her gerbil, I cannot quell my exasperation when my DVD player, or computer, or my CT does not work. I get so worked up -- I can feel the frustration bubbling up inside me -- Just like the feeling of rising panic when I am in the hot and sticky change room after a swim and I try to put my spandex sports bra on. It gets all rolled up somehow and I contort my arms and back like an epileptic just trying to pull the damn thing down!!!! This is the feeling I get when I have to set up my Computrainer. LOL!!
Mind you, I did set it up all myself when I first received it. This was a huge deal for me. Despite a number of setbacks and a few hours on the phone with technical support -- I managed to ward off a full-blown triathlon drama melt-down!! The big problem (I am red-faced) I had plugged one cord into the wrong hole. Eeeeeeep.
So... I really, really, really don't want to unplug and disconnect my bike from the CT until nice weather is here to stay. Wimpy? Yes. Something else to work on and improve? Definitely. Something to work on this year? Umm-- no. After all, I need a good problem to solve for my 2009 New Year's resolution!! LOL!!! :) :) :)
Back to my first race on May 11 -- this will be my second one done solo without family or friends in attendance. My first solo race was the Osoyoos 1/2 IM, and I actually had a great time. I felt a strange sense of pride being all beat up after the race but stoically packing my bike and gear into my car all by myslef after the race. :) :) The race also felt intensely personal -- much more than when I've had my family there. It felt like a personal triumph -- I was racing FOR myself. I'm going to have to leave it there because I am having trouble finding the right words to express how I feel today. I'll leave it to Susi-- help me out, Susi!! I know you can articulate what I am trying to say!! :) :)
Has anyone else ever raced solo, and if you have, how did you feel about it? :) :)