1. Back in November, I mentioned that I had put my name in the lottery for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge swim. Unfortunately, although there were four lottery rounds before the race filled, I was not selected. This leaves a rather sizeable hole in my early summer race schedule and means my spring training schedule is somewhat up in the air. One of the reasons that I decided to focus on short running races this spring was that I knew I'd need to leave myself plenty of time for swimming. Even a half marathon seemed like it would require too much running time if I needed to swim 3-4 times a week. So the question becomes, what to do now? Do I look for a replacement swim in the 5k range or add to my running schedule?
2. My swim motivation is currently MIA. This is obviously in large part because I won't be doing the bay swim. I had also tentatively planned to make the trip to Indianapolis in May for USMS spring nationals, but now that isn't going to happen either. With no big swimming events on the horizon, I have absolutely zero motivation to go to the pool and get myself back in shape. Last spring, with the SWIM OF THE YEAR on the horizon, I had no problems sticking to a 2x a week schedule. I loved being in reasonable swimming shape and competing again. Yet despite that knowledge, I can't get myself in gear. It also doesn't help that many of my swim buddies have moved away. :( I know, I know. Excuses.
3. I could blabber on for a very long time about my love of marathon training. I love the high mileage, long track workouts and 18-21 mile long runs. I look forward to doing it again in the fall, but right now I couldn't be happier to NOT be marathon training. It's nice on easy days to run 4-5 miles and be done. No need to cram in 8+ miles before work or to double up. Instead of miles, I'm focusing on challenging myself in workouts and getting more experience racing. There will be lots and lots of racing.