Smooth sailing ahead?
Tonight I swam open water in the beautiful Northumberland Straight in Northern Nova Scotia. The water was rough though warm and I must confess I got a bit sea sick. In total around 40 minutes of freestyle in a heavy sea. It was fantastic.
I love swimming open water. I have written about swimming open water before. I believe I love it so much because it is as close to running as I can get while swimming. It really is lovely. I have been lucky to be living beside a lake in Halifax and live close to the ocean in my family home so I get the best of both worlds of open water. It is also nice to be in warmer ocean water than the Pacific and without the fear of getting hit by a speedboat or eaten by an orca. These open water days will not last much longer though as I can feel fall coming soon!
Thinking of fall...I start real training in September. It has been a slow build up over the past few months and I am thinking about races again and looking forward to training hard. I am getting in the pool with a new club this week which will be interesting. I have never swam on a straight swim club so it ought to be an adventure!
I have been running and am actually holding myself back from training and starting tempos and intervals. I am up to seven mile long runs (which blows my mind for many reasons). What I am enjoying about running is enjoying accomplishing the little goals. Running seven miles, three years ago, would not have seemed like more than an off day easy run. Now it is a real accomplishment and feels hard. I'm excited for when running is easy and fast again and I am craving getting onto a track but I need to be patient and work on my cycling.
My focus for the next two months will continue to be cycling and swimming. I weirdly can't wait for the swim workout when it will be hard to get out of the pool because of exhaustion. I think I am ready to go!