I finally went back to the pool last week. I wanted to test out how the new Untethered Regimen would do in the pool. I was hoping it would fix the long-time post pool highs I had been struggling with for the last six months.
I woke up early, ate a good breakfast, and drove to the pool with Tony. I was planning on doing a 2500 meter swim. After months of doing 6000 meter swims, a 2500 should have been simple. I scanned my card at the gate and walked in.
The moment I saw the pool, my heart sank. My muscles got tired and there was nothing I could do to fix them. I was having a hard time stomaching the thought of putting my head down to stare at the bottom of the pool for an hour straight.
In training for the Swim Around Key West, I swam more than 100,000 meters. That's a very long way when all I had to look at is the bottom of a white pool. Sure, music helps, but it is still too much time looking at nothing.
Maybe it was because I had some high blood sugars overnight. Maybe it was because I had begun running (even though I hate it) and was taxing new muscles. Maybe it was because I was still not recovered from my race. Or maybe it was because without an impending race, I have little motivation to torture myself again like that.
I still love swimming, but it might be a while before I can do long sets like I used to. I think I will wait a few more months to try that again.