POLAR BEAR PLUNGE!!! 100 Active Days: Day 4-5

I can already tell that 2015 is going to be a Great year.  I have a fresh start and a newfound opportunity to work on my independence.  This week has not been easy, but I am making it through and learning a lot.  Sometimes I wish lessons were less painful.  It could be that I just need to do a better job of learning from my past mistakes and the life lessons of others.  Growth is definitely a process.

Day 4: January 1st 2015 New Years Day

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE + 70 PUSH-UPS!!! We were blessed with a beautifully fresh blue sky day where the sun showed its radiant face.  I had my heart set on doing a polar bear plunge.  After church I picked up my friend Kathy Morris and we headed over to Long Lake.  We were graced with good luck and got a close parking spot.  It looked as if the whole world was blanketed with frost.  We strategically placed our belongings by the bonfire because I knew that I would want to warm up my toes after my dip in the icy water.  I showed Kathy how to work my camera phone and started getting giddy and psyched for the jump.  I loved the energy of the crowd and got super excited as they blasted the Cupid Shuffle from the speakers.  I love dancing.  To me it doesn’t even matter who’s watching!  We learned that the water was 42 degrees and I was determined to be a part of the 1st group of jumpers.

I stripped down to my swimsuit and joined the swarm of brave souls as we stood on that icy deck unified by our frozen toes.  I jumped up and down to stay warm and did a total of 70 push-ups.  I just needed a good distraction from the fact that my toes were turning into icy blocks.  I found some girls that I started coaching on my first swim team nearly 4 years ago and we devised a good exit strategy.  I suggested that we swim straight towards the bonfire so we could warm up ASAP.

They counted down from 10-9-8-7-Excitement and Anticipation building -6-5-4-3-2-1!!!!!!!!!!!  As I jumped into that icy water I felt a surge of pure joy surge through my body.

 I felt fully alive!!!!!  This is what life is about!  THESE MOMENTS THAT TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY!!!!!

I have decided that I am going to fill 2015 with more moments like these.  It’s been too long and a long time coming!!!

Day 5: January 2nd 2015

SWIM WORKOUT -Kathy and I decided to meet for a swim.  I am glad she suggested it because it probably wouldn’t have been my first choice and probably wouldn’t have even happened.  It took me a long time to prepare and leave my house, but today I decided I would take my swim equipment back out of the back of my closet.  Because the most seriously “real” swimmers bring their own gear. I left the house feeling fully official, but still not completely thrilled.

My paradigm began to shift when Kathy suggested that I write out our workout.  She swam 1,700 yards in her last workout so I decided that we would swim farther today.  Here’s what we did!

Warm-up:

  • 200 Swim, 200 Kick, 200 Pull, 200 Swim
  • 500 Free -1 easy, 1 fast, 2 easy, 2 fast, 3 easy, 3 fast, 4 easy, 4 fast

Drill/Stroke Work:

  • 4×50 Kick/Drill (Fly, Back, Breast, Free)
  • 4×50 Drill/Swim (Apply the same drill)

Swim set:

  • 200 Individual Medley
  • 200 Breaststroke

Kick Set:

  • 10x 50 Kick with Fins 1:00
  • Odds: Flutter
  • Evens: Fly

Cool Down:

  • 100 EZ

Grand Total:

2700 YARDS!!!

I am so thrilled that Kathy and I went swimming.  What a Fantastic way to begin this New Year!!!!

I am Ready to become the BEST Version of myself!

Peace, Joy, and Blessings,

Alana

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