Those two words are so beautiful to my ears right now. Granted, I'm still working and teaching, but I will be taking no trips to Super Duper University this week.
(Even though I spent Saturday in the big univ. town coding surveys and will be heading there twice next week -- class and symposium -- but that's okay. I don't have to go This. Week.)
I'm doing more training for the church triathalon (from now on referred to as "tri" because I don't think I'm spelling it correctly). I finally swam last week and had a shock hit me like cold water: I'm not a great swimmer. In fact, I'm a pretty bad swimmer. I did make it 800 meters (that's 8 laps -- to the end of the pool and back counts as one lap), but a lot of it included doggy paddling, or some variation of doggy paddling. And turns out I do need goggles. And a swim cap. Oh, and my confidence level fell about six notches because I was swimming right next to a swim team. They swam laps around me. Literally.
Thankfully, though, I actually did what I consider a "mini-mini tri" (as the tri I'm doing is a sprint tri itself) yesterday afternoon, and it went VERY well. The church tri will consist of: a 400-m swim, an 11 mile bike race, and then a 5k. So yesterday I ran 3 miles (just .1 mile shorter than a 5k), swam 800 m and biked 8 miles. I feel the extra swimming made up for the biking.
What made the day even more successful was how much better on swimming I did yesterday than the first day. I was shocked, actually, at my improvement. Instead of struggling to swim "properly" 25 m I was swimming entire 50-m distances without having to switch to doggy paddling or swimming on my back (which is easier for me but slower). I felt very empowered.
Just a basic 4.5 mile run today. No running partner, though, boo...unless...do you want to run? =D Lol!!