Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Good Thinking

Some people do their best thinking on the toilet. Others, in the car or on the train. I used to think I did my best thinking on my bike, but I realized this afternoon that when I just need to clear my head or puzzle through a work problem, an easy, 30-minute swim is just what the doctor ordered.

I've always felt very comfortable in the water. It's refreshing. It's certainly my element, and the pool will always be my quickest avenue to a zen-like state. I can't tell you how nice it is to have a clean, outdoor swimming pool just a few blocks away from my office. It's close enough that I can duck over there whenever I need a quick escape or reset.

Changing gears to some more specific news, I had a good, active-recovery swim yesterday and a decent, interval-based workout this morning. I've definitely backed off on the yardage (perhaps a little too quickly?) and feel solid in the water. I don't feel blazing fast, but I feel like I'm cruising -- and I'm definitely not as sore. Taper is an interesting science and it's not one I expect to get exactly right this go-round.

I'm starting to think more about specific targets and predicted finish times... more to come on that soon.