As many are aware, I'm a big fan of taking the odd training day off, if the rest is needed. Injuries, fatigue, and family obligations are a few of the various items that might warrant missing a session. Wednesday was one of those days, for me. After a late night, Tuesday, I knew that a 4:30 wakeup wasn't in the cards.
That change provided the opportunity to mix things up a bit by switching Thursday's swim into a bike and Friday's bike into a run. A swim/bike brick on Saturday and a bike/run brick on Sunday would round out the week.
Sometimes, Mother Nature has other plans. Today, it was a thunderstorm that lasted most of the night. By 4:15, the rain had stopped, but the thunder and lightning continued with gusto. Apparently, swimming was more important than biking. That's okay, unshift plans, and go back to Plan A.
At the pool, all the makings of a good swim were there. Only a few people in the lanes, and the water, for once, was cool (this YMCA seems to favor warmer water in the pool). I hadn't planned on swimming, so I decided to just do a long swim with the 45 minutes left before I had to head to work. Somewhere around 500 yards, my right ear plug started to leak. And for anyone with perforated ear-drums, that is a hassle.
Side Bar: Iron Pol was born with a cleft palate, and dealt with numerous ear infections as a youth and young adult. The repeated use of tubes to clear infections resulted in perforated ear drums, and the tendency for the ear drums to rupture. As a result, any water in the outer ear has a direct path to the inner ear. So, plugs are worn to keep the water out.
I hopped out of the pool to adjust the ear plugs, which resolved any questions I had about the swim. In other words, the leak became a "why am I even wearing these things" rush of water into the ear. At that point, I gave up and figured I may as well get an early start to the work day.
Apparently, I should have stayed in bed.