I started training for the Cross Bay Swim in April. My coach has been gradually building up the swims and before the scheduled swim in July, I was up to nearly 20,000 yards a week! Later, the swim was rescheduled to August 12.
I was absolutely exhausted. Between not sleeping well and not hydrating enough, I constantly felt like I was going to crash.
At the pool
One day before the swim, I had a 4400-yard workout. I set my Garmin Fenix and started to go. As I was doing my intervals, I was fine. Until I had a kick set. Then I went into drill mode and used that. Except, I noticed that the watch stayed in the same position. When I swam a 100-yard interval, nothing changed. It got me so frustrated!
“Oh F—,” I said out loud. I actually screamed it out. The lifeguard and some other people gave me looks. I was upset that my watch didn’t capture my swim.
Embarrassed, I tucked my head under my arm, put up the music on my headphones, and just started swimming again.
I swam so long that by the time I got out, everyone was out of the pool… I was so glad!
P.S. Sometimes we take these things so to heart. Are we having fun yet?