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NOT SO BAD ~ The second week

Current totals: Other:
Running 8.6 miles Rock climbing 1 visit
Biking 45.1 miles Canoeing 40 minutes
Swimming 3950 feet Soccer 3 games

    Today I went for my second swim, and swam the whole 2000+ feet. I still had to rest between laps, but it was doable. Rests included, it took only 35 minutes, which means I can probably get it down to 20 once I stop resting and pick up my speed.

    However, I found that swimming is even more boring than running! All you can see is the stripe on the bottom of the pool, interspersed by a brief glance at the ceiling or the far wall. I'm glad it will only take 20-30 minutes. Any more and I'd fall asleep.

    Speaking of running, people keep telling me that running on park trails is actually very enjoyable. Hm. Somehow I don't quite believe that I would enjoy it, but I'm going to give it a try soon. There's a nice park with winding trails near where I live that was recommended.

    I'm really starting to notice the effects of two weeks of training. My aerobic endurance has improved a lot - now when running, I don't get out of breath much. My muscles are improving, too. I haven't gotten sore at all lately; and I've been working out almost every day.

    There's still a long way to go, though. Even though I feel a bit better about the swimming segment, I have a lot of practice to do in order to stop getting so exhausted. I'm still battling the mental block I have, too. It feels like boredom, but I'm not sure that's quite it. Whatever it is, it tells me to stop when I'm not really tired yet. This problem may turn out to be my biggest obstacle.


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