It’s our last morning practice before European Championships. I am so proud of my swimmers and looking forward to fast swims in Eindhoven this weekend.
4 very hard miles on the trail today. I could hardly keep my time around 9.00 per mile, but I did bust out a nice 8.30 avg for the last half mile, clearly I wanted to be finished. Not so much a want but a serious need. I read today on Runner’s World Facebook page; “On every run, I discover the strength I didn’t know I had. Some days it is my salvation.” Carrie Parker.
Jumping off a 5 meter diving platform is significantly more scary at 29 than at 12. Thankfully, my swimmers keep me young and frightened. That is my give in to peer pressure today. They did refuse to let me back away from the ledge, they blocked the stairs and were extremely encouraging allowing me to take my time. It’s moments like these when I think how lucky I am and how it is also my job to block the stairs and be encouraging to my swimmers; because sometimes they need a little courage to jump.
Today, was an active recovery after yesterday’s run. The best thing about being a coach, no reason not to swim. Okay, maybe not the best thing but a real advantage. I was feeling yesterday’s run while walking the pool deck at 5.30. I knew a mid-distance stretch warmup of 600 meters with 900 meters of endurance two, with a steady 500 meters cool down was what the body needed. I was able to get a solid arm workout and remove my lactic buildup. I feel great and ready for tomorrow’s run before Thursday’s 6.5.