I use to love to workout in the afternoon or evening, but I’m noticing a definite shift: I’m suddenly a morning exerciser. Actually, it doesn’t happen in the morning, it’s probably not going to happen at all!
One: Henry takes his (amazing) nap in the afternoon, and when he wakes up, he’s usually too grumpy for stroller time. Two: My energy is highest in the morning and then it’s slowly sapped away. Three: It’s too hot late in day!
Well, it’s never too hot for some indoor pool time…
I’m doing an OPEN WATER SWIM CHALLENGE on Saturday. I am both excited and terrified, as I have not been in open water since the Half Ironman in October. I used to hate open water with an undying passion, but now I kind of like it! I’m also pumped that this is not technically a RACE – it’s just a big, friendly open water swim. So there’s no pressure.
I’ve been slowly increasing the frequency and duration of my pool workouts – this is what I did this morning!
If you can’t read my chicken scratch (especially over Henry’s scribbles), here’s a pinnable and printable version of the workout:
I actually started a board of swim workouts on my Pinterest – I’m trying to pin lots of different swim workouts to complement my other triathlon-friendly pins!
While I was swimming, I practiced sighting for Saturday’s event. Sighting is super important for open water swims (I wrote a bit about sighting technique in this post: Don’t Make These Five Common Swimming Mistakes). Over the years, I’ve realized the most important thing is: 1) to truly practice sighting and 2) to not try to sight on your breath – it should be in between your breaths. Oh, and 3) Pretend to be an alligator. You just need to peek your eyes up out of the water – not your whole head!
I’ll be back soon with a fun giveaway – stay tuned.
Are you a morning exerciser or an evening one? Does it shift throughout the year in accordance to the weather?
I used to be an afternoon exerciser but I am loving more and more getting out there and getting it done in the morning! It makes me feel so awesome the rest of the day!