Today was the final open water swim of the season. Days are getting shorter, the water is getting colder, and it is time to take a few months off from the open water. I will miss it and the Tribe, my friends who I swim with each week. Today I really needed to swim. My back was bothering me a little for some reason and I knew just getting in the lake would fix that. At first I was going to wear my wetsuit like most of the rest of the group. But the water was 74 degrees and I just didn’t want to hassle with the wetsuit. So I went in without. 74 may sound warm, but it is enough to shock you when you first dive in. It took a few minutes to get acclimated but then I was fine.
I don’t usually backstroke in the lake, but today I did for a short distance. It’s a different perspective and certainly different than backstroking in the pool and looking at the rafters. It took a little while to find my pace and rhythm today and relaxing with the backstroke helped. I resumed freestyle. I stretched out, aligned my core and felt the wonder of my stroke pulling the water back towards my body as I moved forward.
October has truly been an off month this year. I was tired from a hectic schedule of training and racing over the past year. I have not done much since Augusta and it is really time to get back on track. I’ve enjoyed a bit of a break though. I have not felt bad when I didn’t train for a day or two. I’ve slept in, read books, shopped, caught up on a few things. I resumed my yoga practice after 8 years of not practicing yoga. It has been good for body and soul. I am still working out kinks in my poses and re-learning but it is coming along. I’ve ridden my bike a few times, been in the pool, and started lifting weights again. I think I have only attempted one run since Augusta. I have no real desire to sign up for even a 5k right now. Obviously, it was time for a break.
But, as I said, breaks come to an end and I need to get back to work. Not training can only last so long for me these days before I start to also feel the negative impact of not feeling as good and of struggling with weight again. So, come November, I will be back on my schedule though I am in no rush to race for a while. I’ll enjoy a few more days of rest.