Monday was one of those days. I didn't want to get out of bed to swim. When I got to the pool I didn't want to get in the water. When I got in the water, my stroke felt off and my new Aquasphere Seal mask started leaking. Uggh. Can you see where this is going?
I felt myself going through the motions and I didn't want to reinforce bad technique so I told myself to quit whining and start swimming. I made it through the workout, only to have my swim coach give me grief about all of the things I was doing wrong that she said "came out of nowhere". I left swimming feeling pretty deflated.
I have made so much progress in the water and I have gotten used to hearing comments from my coach like, "you are looking like a swimmer" that taking her constructive criticism was more than I wanted to swallow on a Monday morning.
I did my best to learn from it and decided to get to Masters on time on Wednesday (5:30 a.m.) instead of 5:45 a.m. so that I could start my swim with the drill set instead of doing them at the end (I always do the entire workout, I just stay later).
Thankfully, today's swim was much better and my coach agreed. I felt much more confident walking out this morning! Plus, as I was leaving I noticed one of the guys swimming (next to our Masters group, but not in our group) laps had a IM tattoo, so I chatted with him for a moment. He is training for his third IM and he asked what I was training for. I told him I had signed up for Florida and he told me to have fun, you only get one "first Ironman"! Never thought about it that way before ...