Two weeks ago we got to return to swimming after a 10-week hiatus. I knew that I missed the water, but I didn’t realize just how much I missed it until I was back in it. The calm, quiet, meditative state that the water provides is exactly what this Pisces craves on a regular basis! It is my playground + yoga mat all in one place and I have REALLY missed it! I did not do any dry land training and was pleasantly surprised at how much swim fitness I still had after being a fish out of water for 10 weeks.
I have also recently started back to work on campus for a few days here and there. This has been an adjustment. I am SO grateful to be returning to campus full time next week as I have truly missed it, but it has also evoked some anxiety as I am stepping out of what has become my normal for the last 10 weeks (working from home) and am stepping into a new normal. It is not the same as it was before the pandemic…shocker I know. I have to be conscious of keeping my distance from others. I have to wear a mask when I’m around others. I have to eat lunch separated from my co-workers. All of these things may not seem like much, but they are all new and add a bit of stress. Stress is stress. It doesn’t matter if it is training stress, life stress, work stress, lack of sleep, improper nutrition…whatever it is, my body views it all simply as stress.
I am incredibly grateful that I have been healthy + able to bike, run, do yoga, and move on a regular basis while the pool was closed. I am grateful that my body allowed me to do a bike streak, which helped me get SO much stronger! But as they say, “variety is the spice of life.” So after completing day 65 of my bike streak, I intentionally broke my streak. It is time to create more balance in my training and focus on the joy of training again. It feels SO AMAZING to feel like a triathlete again…even if we have no idea when triathlon racing will actually happen again and what it will look like for many of us.