>P is for Progress

>Tuesday, February 1st: 10x100m on 2min. Average pace? 1:48. Comments: My arms are just so weak. After the first 50 of the warmup they were tired.

Tuesday, February 15th: 12x100m on 2min. Average pace? 1:45. Comments: Felt pretty bad initially. First 8 were slowish then it clicked and got a little faster. Sore arms may have been due to the batting cages 2 days prior…

Tuesday, March 8th: 12x100m on 1:50. Average pace? 1:34. Comments: I think I cracked a smile for the first time ever in a swim workout.

I know I still have a ways to go to get where I want to be, but it feels good to be getting faster in the pool. All the time I get asked: why do you do it? There are a lot of reasons, but sometimes its for the progress. The little victories. The not getting out swum by a 12 year old in the lane next to me. Or the old man on the other side. It is for the day to day grind that, sometimes, just might end in my favor.

Published by Alyssa Godesky

Alyssa is a professional triathlete who has logged over 8,000 miles in competition of swimming, biking and running across five continents. She came to triathlon from an ultrarunning background and over the last few years has found success back on the trails: in 2018 she set the female supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail in 5 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes. In 2020 she set the women's supported FKT for climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks in 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. She is a triathlon and running coach, and also enjoys spending time guiding hikers out on the trails. Alyssa is based in Charlottesville, VA with her dog Ramona.

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