|Edmonton Kinsmen Center 1999|
|Rookie Party 2003|
We were expected to be on the pool deck by 5:15 to warm up before jumping in the water. Practice started at 5:30 sharp & none of our coaches were very understanding if we weren't in the water by then.After practice, we'd do weights before getting ready for the day at school. At 4:30 pm, we'd be back on the poll deck for round 2.
We did this every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday unless we had a swim meet that weekend. I'm still impressed with myself for making those practices, but sometimes I'm ever more impressed with my coaches for making them. Jumping into a pool has a way of really waking you up quite quickly. Watching kids swim back & forth in a pool for a couple hours doesn't have quite the same effect.
It's no surprise that I didn't have too much of an issue with opening shifts at the Y or Starbucks once I left the competitive swimming world. 5 am wakeups are a walk in the park when you compare it to my former swimming schedule. I took a lot of open shifts at both of those jobs. I still prefer working early to staying late.
This morning I relived a bit of that crazy competitive swimming life. We're heading out to Panorama this weekend with some friends, so I won't have the opportunity to do the )pen workout tonight or Sunday morning. They run a 6 am class throughout the week so I hauled myself out of bed at 5:15 am this morning to complete this week's workout (14.4).
|Richmond, BC 2003|
It's nice to get the workout out of the way right away. Now I can focus on enjoying our ski weekend. I scored 139 reps (not amazing, not terrible) &, as usual, am replaying the workout in my mind. What things I could have done differently in order to get a better score (uhh row faster, pick that med ball back up right away)? That's the nature of competitive sports though &, if you ask me, half the fun of it.
ps. I hope you've enjoyed these hilarious old swimming photos. Nothing says beautiful like goggle marks & dry skin.