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Maybe stress can be a good thing.

Posted Oct 01 2008 9:01pm
I am totally stressing. Generally when I stress I eat. But when the stress gets really bad, like now, I can't eat and my stomach feels like crap. I'm eating Tums like candy and all the food I eat just seems to sit in my stomach and not digest. It's horrible. It's all the stuff that's going on right now. I'm hemorrhaging money - in the next 4-6 weeks I'll have to pay out over $7,000 which I don't really have and I don't know what's going to happen. That's the worst part the not knowing. If I had to pay out the money but at least knew where it all was going to end I'd be okay. But right now it seems like I don't have control of my own life and I can't take it. Do you think I might be a bit of a control freak???? Nah!!!!

Anyway, faced with the choice this morning of laying around and crying "Oh, woe is me" or getting out and working my butt off to try and relieve the stress, I chose the workout. So I went swimming, and it was amazing. I pushed myself -hard- because I wanted to burn off some of this stress. It didn't really help but I got a helluva workout.

200m warm-up: 5:39 (really cruising working on form)
4 x 50m: 1:09, 1:07, 1:08, 1:11 (look at those numbers - woo hoo!!!!)
200m pull: 5:53
4 x 50m: 1:15, 1:21, 1:28, 1:16 (not as good as the first round, but definitely acceptable)
200m kick: 11:03 (some commotion in the pool, I had to stop a couple of times)
4 x 50m: 1:10, 1:09, 1:24, 1:07 (again, woo hooo!!!!)
4 x 25m: :47,

Well, it seems that's all I got. My watch has a 30 lap limit and I reached my limit. Bummer. Anyway the total time was 56 minutes and I did a total of 1600m. I am very pleased with those numbers. I can't believe how on Feb 13th my fastest 50m was 1:17 and today it was 1:07. That's 10 seconds faster!! That's a lot. Now I need to work on consistency so all my laps are close in time.

So there's 3 1/2 weeks till my tri. If I work hard the next few weeks maybe I could do the 500m swim in 12 minutes. Wouldn't that be awesome.

Okay, I'm off to tour a shrimp farm- don't ask!!!
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