Life is a Banquet, Lick the Plate - Dr. Bill Blatchford
Sunday Sept 22nd my friend Ali and I hit up VAC, pre The National concert. The great thing about Ali is that when I am feeling like just swimming is good enough, she swoops in and raises the bar for me. We got in for what I was thinking would be a very short swim. We ended up doing 3k, which isn't at all ground breaking, but longer than I thought we had time for. After our usual warm up, Ali threw a set at me. We did 10x200. 2 stretch, 1 build, 1 IM, 1 fast and repeat. Again....this isn't super impressive, however, a 200 fast seemed beyond where I thought I was at this point.
It felt horrible! But at the same time, it was fantastic! I was not terribly fast, but it occurred to me that I just haven't been pushing myself when I am in the pool. Why not a 200 fast? I used to race a mile on a regular basis. Thanks, Ali, for bringing me up a notch!
Following this swim I had a busy week and no pool time. My boss took the team down to Vancouver Washington, for a dental seminar. The seminar was put on by a retired dentist, in his 70's. This is the second time I have had the pleasure of hearing Dr Blatchford speak. At 70-something, he is a runner, biker, and kite surfer! He is a yes man, and one who wants to do everything he can with the life he has. On the last day of seminar we had an hour long lunch. As soon as the break began, I got up and ran to the hotel pool. I swam for 40 minutes in a short, warm pool. I was hitting 5-6 strokes a length with very soft turns. After a deck shower and a piece of cake it was back to lecture. Although this was not the ideal swim, it felt great to sneak it in to my schedule. Regardless of where I am, and what is waiting for me after the pool, each swim feels better than the last. I am more excited, everyday, to be planning this swim and to begin collecting donations for the MS society!