Tuesday, August 3, 2010


This morning at 6am I hopped in the pool anticipating a great swim workout. Thankfully I recruited strong swim friends to join me and keep my workout honest.

After the second 100 of the first set (we did 3x10x100) I knew the workout was going to be rough. You know those days when you look at the clock and are actually in awe that it isn't reading something much faster based on your effort level? That was today. If it wasn't so funny it would be depressing.

Round two was hang-on-for-dear-life followed by don't-let-Marit's-feet-disappear. And the third set was 100% survival. And after an entire set of feeling like I couldn't breathe, might die, pure arm and leg failure, etc. it is amazing how quickly everything became all about laughing and realizing how lucky I am to have such strong swimmers to drag my non-fish-like-self around the pool.

Coach Jeff is upside down in the middle.

When Carrie isn't dropping us during the pull set, she's saving people in the ocean as a lifeguard.

By 7am I got exactly what I'd been looking for - a great swim workout. It just didn't feel great. But maybe sometimes that's what it will take for my friends to turn me into a fish yet.


Libby said...

haha!!! I had the same workout! but had to do it solo :( I was so proud of myself for getting through it but wondering why it was so friggin hard. it looks innocent on paper but I was wondering why the clock was wrong too, and also wondering if I was having an asthma attack. ouch. you will be a fish soon!

GoBigGreen said...

I have been in the :"Dont lose Marit's feet " zip code too. good feet to be on:)
Nice job, lane mates rock!

Kim said...

Glad you had some fellow friends / fish to carry you along! Oh Marits feet, I miss those feet! Only got to swim with her a couple times but that's awesome you two are there to help each other. You did it Charisa, sometimes that's all you can do!

Beth said...

Survival is where it's at!! :) Great job Charisa!

ADC said...

But you survived and that will make you stronger. So wish I could swim with you and Marit.

Kiet said...

Nice pics C. So Ian just said he's going to WF to do some IMW training, are you going? My summer is coming to an end and I'm thinking about sneaking one last training camp in. What do you think?

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Isn't Marit still recovering? Glad to hear she's back in the water and keeping you on your toes, so to speak.