Since several workouts back in the pool, I realized that I’m truly in “my element” while swimming. This isn’t to say I’m a rock star swimmer, it’s just that swimming feels natural to me. Part of me was hoping that narrowing my focus during marathon training would help running feel more natural…it hasn’t.
How do you like that heel strike and the pained look on my face?
In the pool, my body automatically makes the necessary adjustments over the course of 100 yards to add or drop mere seconds. When I was swimming competitively, my internal clock would hit 100 yard after 100 yard within tenths of a second of the same time for a mile. On the road, I’ll think I’m going an 8:00 min/mile and really be going anywhere from a 7:00 min/mile to a 9:00 min/mile. Sometimes I’ll try and pick up the pace by 15-20 seconds and I’ll end up dropping a minute or even slowing down. It’s like my body doesn’t know how to respond to what my mind demands of it while running or cycling, at least not the way it does in the pool. Basically, I’m a fish out of water.
Hopefully, I won’t focus too much on the fact I’m not a “runner” on Sunday in Miami! I got my bib number, 3130, for anybody that wants to check in on the race. Tracking ING Miami Marathon. I drive down tomorrow for packet pick-up and I’m getting more and more nervous. Thank goodness there will be a slight temperature drop; it should be in the 50’s race morning and will only rise to the 70’s by noon. Humidity will be a factor but I’m already used to that.
On the job front, I start work in an intensive care unit (ICU) in a little over a week! Very excited about the opportunity to work in critical care. Until then I’m studying a lot for the NCLEX (nursing boards). Looking forward to a paycheck to support my racing habit, rather than savings and student loans. It’s a nights position, so I’ll be working three 12 hour shifts a week (7pm – 7am) and to be honest, I’m genuinely worried about being tired all the time, gaining weight, and training. Despite the opportunity to work days, nights seemed like the better learning experience and the pay differential will really help with student loans and maybe even a new bike.
When do you feel most in your element? Are you new to all the triathlon sports and still waiting to feel natural?