Friday, August 7, 2009

LIFE HAPPENS, THEN WE TRAIN

"The more I train, the more I realize I have more speed in me." -- Leroy Burrell (an American athlete who twice set the world record for the 100 meters sprint)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 2009
For us age groupers, for the most part, training -- even training for the Ironman World Championship -- must take a back seat to life.

My son, Aaron, is getting married later this month in the Philippines and had to fly out this morning at 9 to meet up with Grace, his fiancee, there. So in order for me to see him off I would be cutting my training day short.

My plan for today was to swim at masters then bike to Scenic (about 40 miles). Since I work afternoons and evenings I only have a few hours in the mornings to train. I usually try to be finished with training by 11 or 11:30 so I can be home when Karen has her lunch break from work. That means some days I have to make a choice on which sport I want to do.

Today was one of those days. I could swim or I could bike, but not both. So I swam. I chose swimming for two reasons: 1, Between swimming and biking, swimming is the one I need the most work on and 2, After doing a few long 5-hour-plus rides, a quick 40 miler doesn't seem worth the effort.

Anyway, I don't mind cutting practice now and then, especially for family business. After all, how many times does your son fly thousands of miles away to get married? p.s. They are getting married in the Philippines because that's where Grace's family lives. They are coming here to have a second wedding for us later.

Oh, I almost forgot. So at masters today, I got my fastest 25-yard time ever. Not sure what's up with that. I broke my old time by 2 seconds, and that was at the end of practice after 3,000 yards. Maybe that streamlining session I did a few days ago helped. I'm glad I went with swimming instead of biking. That gave me a little bit of a much-needed boost.

Take care out there everyone and thanks for the comments.

The hurricane keeps getting downgraded. For the most part it sounds like we are just going to be getting lots of rain and high surf early next week.

2 comments:

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

For me the choice these days is often swim or work. Still there is a limit on how many hours one can try to use one's brain, and so I generally enjoy the swims when I do them. Helps me relax. For me my best swims are always late in the workout, and the more meters I do, usually the faster I get in the end. Only that I don't have the time to do as much as I want. Maybe later when work does not have such a high priority.

debbie said...

Congratulations to Aaron and Grace.
Sounds like you guys are having lots of fun training. When is the Race?

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