Tuesday I had this bright idea that after a long hard workout I would go hang out with a friend in a boat on Lake Washington. Thereâ€™s not a lot of activity involved in this, but I did have to go to the gas station, help carry gas tanks, help prep the boat, dive in the lake, sit in a hot tubâ€¦ you get the point. It was fun. Victor, meanwhile, had done similar training in the morning, but had spent his day relaxing, self-massaging, eating, drinking waterâ€¦ you get the idea.
When I got home he asked me how I felt, and I answered honestly, â€œgreat.â€ The next morning however, I was dragging my butt. Everything was supposed to be easy, but even the easy swim hurt. Swimming doesnâ€™t hurt me! Iâ€™m not supposed to hurt on an easy swim! We finished out workouts and Victor asked how I felt. I answered honestly, â€œhorrible.â€
That was my first â€œlearn from experienceâ€ lesson from my new coach. The lesson is": when youâ€™re just getting used to a new training program, get as much recovery as you can.â€ and more importantly, â€œrecovery is recovery.â€ Which is a little different than my previous philosophy, â€œif it doesnâ€™t hurt, it must be recovery.â€
Wednesday I took a slightly different tactic. After telling Victor how I felt I did my normal eating stretching and DVD watching routine, and kept my feet up, and ate more food, and took a nap. This morning I felt awesome. I got up on the first beep of my alarm, I had one of the best swim workouts of the season, and I was smiling through it all. I even got to beat up Victor on the bike, which was great fun.
Tomorrow I’ll feel great because I recovered today. I learned my lesson.
I’m currently watching the Democratic National Convention. C-Span is way more tolerable than the other channels because there is no commentator. I donâ€™t understand why they pay people to talk about nothing during the breaks. Theyâ€™re just talking heads. Iâ€™d rather watch Superbowl commercials.