The title of this post pretty much sums up my thoughts on my swim today. It could have been worse I guess. I've been a real slacker in the pool lately. I don't enjoy it so it's one of those things where I have to make myself go and swim. I think it's boring and I generally leave the pool with a head full of water, eyes that make me look like I'm on crack, and skin that smells and feels like it's been in chlorine all day long. I just don't find it that appealing. I think I finally have come to terms that I probably won't ever like it, but I'm going to have to suck it up and get over it. Maybe I should invest in a waterproof mp3 player to pass the time? I hate listening to music when I run, but maybe it would help soothe the pain of the pool.
The day off from work was great. I had to work from home for a couple of hours this morning, but I could really get used to this lifestyle. Work for a few hours, go grocery shopping while sipping on some Starbucks, go home and eat lunch, head to the gym for a swim and weights, and then come home for dinner and some Monday night football. Not too shabby. It sure would make it a lot easier to train for the Ironman with this much time on my hands. Heck, I was looking at a mock training schedule for the HALF-Ironman last night and started getting tired thinking about how I'm going to squeeze it all in. I don't know how you married folk with children do it. You all are impressive. I didn't even peek at the full Ironman plan after those feelings crept into my head. I want to ease myself into this and not look too far ahead. I know it's going to be an immense undertaking.
I rewatched most of the NBC broadcast of the Ironman World Championships last night for motivation. I get emotional every time I think about crossing the finishline myself. It's even better knowing how excited my family is about going to the race as well. Every time I see them they are talking about it or asking me questions. My little brother keeps telling me how he's going to run through the finishing chute and tackle me after I finish and how he's going to cry seeing me cross that line. It's moments like those that will make all the training worthwhile.
I feel like I'm getting back into a routine. I have about 3 or 4 weeks left of offseaon workouts before I dive into my Ironman Kansas 70.3 prep. It's just around the corner.