Workout Soundtrack: Iron Horse – ‘Whole Lotta Bluegrass. A bluegrass tribute to Led Zeppelin’ (on the way to the pool and on the way home)
50m warm-up (freestyle)
40x25m 19:45 (freestyle)
100m warm-down (freestyle/breaststroke/freestyle/breaststroke)
Yesterday I was feeling very much that today would be my long run for the week. However, I woke up this morning having spent the evening in the pub with my friends celebrating my 30th…needless to say I felt a little fuzzy and the last thing I wanted to do was to chow down on energy gels and high density pre-workout bars – I had a feeling it would not mix well with a bunch of Guiness and Tequila still sitting in my stomach from the evening!
So it was that I gently coaxed myself back to life by eating my body weight in scrambled egg and replacing my blood with coffee – it took a good few hours before I felt anywhere near ‘normal’ as I don’t sleep well at all if I drink a lot. Thankfully I can happily report that in no way did I feel like I had a hangover – no dry mouth, pounding headache and crawling skin for me! Just a hefty dose of tiredness, a fuzzy thought process and a slightly churning stomach!
After talking with my best friend and his fiancee (they live in Australia) over Skype for an hour and a half I decided it was time to get cracking with some form of exercise. I thought 45 minutes in the sauna followed by a 1km in the pool would be a decent substitute for the aforementioned long run and it certainly proved to be so! The sauna was empty and peaceful aside from a lady who sat in a lotus position for 20 minutes – I think I might look into yoga as it strengthens the core like no other workout, or so I hear. Anyway, I jumped into the pool (which was also deserted) and then began my swim. I was wondering if I’d make it under 21 minutes due to feeling kind of slow and lethargic but once I started ticking off the laps I began to feel strong, awake and very much alive! It was a wonderful swim and sauna session – the perfect first workout of my 30s 🙂
Apparently this evening a big storm will be heading inland from the Atlantic – the media are saying it’s going to be the worst storm in England since 1987 when we were battered by hurricane force winds! There are warnings for flooding and wind damage in place but I’m looking outside at the moment and seeing a tiny bit of rain and nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year…if St. Jude (the name of the storm front) does make an appearance then tomorrow’s long run (15 miles) could be very interesting!
On that meteorological note dear reader I shall sign off for the day!
Peace & Blessings x