I'm sitting on the couch and waffling back and forth between all the different things I did this weekend - trying to decide which, if any, are blog-worthy.
I started thinking about the endurance swim we did on Friday morning, our curling game on Friday evening and my long run on Saturday morning.
I started comparing them, trying to remember if anything out of the ordinary happened.
It got me thinking - about how I look at different activities differently.
When I think about a curling game, I think about a particular shot (be it amazing or agonizingly bad). I think about how we swept a rock beautifully into position. I don't think about the final score because I care less about winning than I do about playing well. We're a fairly new team so I don't go in trying to win - I go in trying to be better than I was last week. So the game gets broken down shot by shot in my head as I try to figure out how to improve.
Imagine if I broke a run up like that? If I talked about how well kilometre 6 went compared to kilometre 8. If I compared kilometre 6 from Saturday's 18k run to the same kilometre the weekend before. That just seems so bizarre to me to break runs down that way.
I look at a run as one activity. I look at my final time and my average pace. I look at my pre-run compared to my post-run blood sugar. I compare those things week to week but I don't compare the tiny details. Maybe I should??
I approach swimming somewhere between curling and running. I like to calculate how far I've swum during a workout but I don't keep track of it the way I do my running. Probably because I swim farther during even the easiest workout than I will ever swim during a triathlon so I'm not worried about building up my distance.
I may have to rethink that if I ever lose my mind and sign up for an Ironman.
I also break down my strokes, my 50m sprints and my stretch cord sessions trying to find out how to get better. The same way I do for curling. I'm getting better in the pool but there is still a pretty lengthly laundry list of things to work on.
So basically, I'm just trying to get better...at everything.
I have mastered the art of Sunday afternoon couch sitting however. May even be a gold medal contender.