I’ve been back in the pool lately!  Until mid-April I hadn’t been in the pool at all this year,  somehow I forget how much I enjoy it.  It’s the main thing I use my Lifetime Fitness membership for.  I have always been in the water, as a young kid I was on our country club swim team, from 9th grade to my freshman year in college I was a diver, I love the water.  I’m not a fast swimmer, the swim team days were 30 years ago, but I enjoy it so much.  It is both relaxing and invigorating at the same time, having my head buried in the water is great for spacing out and getting some thinking done.   Many Thursdays and Fridays our GM lets me leave for a bit between lunch and dinner, great time to hit the pool.  Those two days are my long ones, 11 or 12 hours, so to be able to escape for a swim is awesome.  Something about a good swim gives me such the endorphin rush, I come back to work feeling so good!

My main goal lately has been to work on my overall fitness/technique in all 3 disciplines, achieving the 2012 goal of a sub 12 hour IMAZ.   I mainly use swimming as an overall fitness tool, while I always try to pull hard while swimming and get the most out of every workout, I’m relatively happy with my swim pace.  I feel I can improve my IM time the most on the run.  If I knock 4 or 5 minutes off my past two 1:16:XX  IM swims I’ll be more than happy.  I usually use triathlon swims as a nice warm-up, getting ready for the work ahead.  Getting out of the water feeling even better than when you jumped in is a nice way to start the day.  It has been great to be back at it!

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