So I totally have stunk at working out and posting on here!!! Trying to get back into the groove of things!
Last week I skipped swimming Tuesday evening. It was our first snow and was icy cold outside. A good excuse that night. But with winter approaching not a very valid excuse. The roads weren’t that bad…
I swam Wednesday. I felt lazy so getting in the pool was almost a struggle. But I just did it. I am glad I just did it!!! It was time to focus on swimming 750yards non stop! I did it!! 16:45 was my total time. I did a quick 50yd warm down and that was that.
Thursday I have yet to run or do anything on this day. I considered going to the gym to do something because Liam and I were stuck at home all day. He was sick Wednesday afternoon at school so I chose for us to stay home. I ended up not doing anything though 😦
Friday I swam again. This time 750 yards in 15:15. I think I may have missed a 50 in there. I got a little confused at 350/400 yards and then again at 600/650. But eh either way 15:15 is better than 16:45!
This weekend I didn’t go out. We have had weather in the low 1-5* range up to 35*. A little chilly for a bike ride and too lazy to bundle up.
I am hoping for a no excuses winter of running. All up to me and I’m the only one that can do that!!!
I felt amazing during this. My stroke still feels a bit weird. 10 seconds was enough time for me to clear my goggles out, put them back on, and push off.
I never really felt out of breath. Not until the the end when I sprint finished. I have been trying to get myself use to the feeling of alt. breathing and building my 100’s. Friday is a repeat of the same workout with an option to change the end if needed.
Next week, (I think!), is 800 yds no break. EEEK! The plan has called for doing a total of 500 so instead of 8×100 it should be 5×100 but each week I either did 750(50’s and 75’s) or 800(100’s). So I am going to swim the 800 next week instead of the 500. I might as well! It is definitely going to push me past my current limits. But that is what I need to do to get better. 800 yards is only about 38% of 1.2 miles!
I did my two swim workouts last week. No running. No riding. I was too sore and I was too lazy to stretch. So I swam and that is it. This week is a new week thought… SO i’ll try to get two rides in, one more swim, and one run! Hoping the weather holds out one more week so I can get outside with Liam to run and bike with him!
Swim #1 Wednesday: 25 mins long. 100 w/u, 8X100 20 seconds rest, 50-100 c/d. I felt sluggish and blah Wednesday. Still in recovery mode.
Swim #2 Friday: 21 mins long. 100 w/u, 8X100 20 seconds rest, no c/d. I felt much better. The water on Fridays is also much cooler. 85-86* compared to a warm 80-90* on Tues/Weds. I enjoyed this swim and only cheated on one rest; I rested 30 instead of 20 :O
No Biking, riding, running over the weekend.
Liam and I did happen to walk around the zoo. When I say we walked I mean I carried him most of the time and he briefly walked. We lost our group and had no phone, keys, water, wallet, wagon… It sucked BUT I enjoyed it too. Too many people are more concerned about what kind of pictures they’re going to get of their kids or themselves or the animals then to really enjoy the animals. Next time we are going sans phone and unneeded items. But we did find out almost the hard way… diapers and wipes are a must! : )
I kind of slacked last week with posting about my workouts… So I will try and catch up before this weeks workouts catch up to me!
Wednesday- I went to spin class and then ran 5ish minutes with Mar. Spin class was awesome! We got to ride at a 10! I wore my watch and HRM. I would like to figure out what my target rates should be… I hit 162 as my highest. But I have no idea what that means. I will do some research and try to figure out what I should know.
Thursday- Rest day. Was hoping to run but it rained. But I guess I kind of ran… I ran through the rain to grab the train, then off the train to the bus, the bus to dinner, dinner to the bus, the bus to the train, and then the train back into school.
Friday- Swim. 100 W/u, 10X75 20 seconds rest, 100 C/d total 950yds. Swim was awesome 9 out of 10 75’s! I was clocking in 1:20-1:25 75’s! I like that I am feeling fast and feeling strong. I know I’m not quite that fast… But eh it’s a start!
Week 4 Day 5 was a doozy while it was happening but looking back it wasn’t that big a deal! See the next post for my recap!
I felt pretty good while running. I figured out this year to wear a t-shirt and running tights and not anything more. Although it all worked out really well compared to last year- it was also way warmer than last year… Ok not way warmer but 5, 10, or 15 degrees makes a HUGE difference! I had music but no app going and I relied on my trusty Garmin to keep my pace and distance for me. The course was right on. I went wide a few turns and think I finished at 3.19 or something very close to that. My pace for the race sat somewhere around 9:30. I felt comfortable with that. Towards the end my legs were tired but my breathing didn’t feel really labored. I think my legs were tired because of nutrition and hydration issues. Once again I am going to fix those, just haven’t quite got there yet. I felt good and when I finished I was good with my time. I think I could’ve pushed it a little more at the end but I wasn’t sure my legs would hold out long enough for me to make it through the finish before dying. The main thing I need to remember is I need to stay injury free!
Monday I thought about going to Yoga but decided not to. I have been stressed with life lately and thought it would do me well. But instead I did a little homework and then just kind of walked aimlessly around the house. That was enough for me. Last night on my way to swim I was a bit worried that I am getting too stressed. So this morning I made a vow or promise to go with the flow and be happy. Things have been working themselves out one way or another. So in time the things that have been going on will workout…
Swimming! My sister met me at the pool again. I kind of feel bad because I do my workout and then help her with our remaining time. She needs (a lot) of help. She is brand new to swimming strokes and side breathing as of this summer. I should and would like to help her get prepared for swim team. But I also am selfish and want to get my workout in.
Yesterday was 100 W/u, 10×75 30secs rest, 150ish c/d. I kind of messed around during my c/d but I went slow and did minimal work. My 75’s went well. I was hitting 80-85sec 75’s. Most I didn’t feel I was pushing myself to hard. In fact some felt effortless. A few of my flip turns were a bit silly. As in I couldn’t flip because I was too close to the wall or I choked on water… Eh it happens not to concerned 🙂
Friday is the same workout, except between the 75’s I have 20secs rest.
The two things I need to work on- Nutrition and my left arm stroke. I think it is my deltoid that is bothering me during some of my swims. I am trying to focus on my stroke, breathing, and body rotation. That’s it for now! I have spin today and a short run tomorrow, swim Friday, a longer run Saturday, and ride Sunday! All should go well!
Hot Chocolate Finishers! L-R: Bonnie, Me, Val, My Mom
I started a new set of swim workouts yesterday(Friday). I am happily surprised at how well I am remembering things!! My workout was 10X75 30 seconds rest after each 75. I didn’t hate it and I was, again, very happy to get in and swim. I had a very short moment, when gathering my things for the day, of hesitation on getting in the pool. “Maybe I’ll just skip today?… NOOO I want to go swim why would I think that?” That was that and on my swim suit went. 🙂
10 more weeks of sprint distance training then I have planned to start a 27 week Half-Ironman training.
The swim workouts are going well right now. The only thing I wish was easier was remembering how many laps I’ve done. 🙂
I’m not really sure when I would count my official training start date. I’ve done spin class- which is all I can do right now because I do not yet own my own bike- twice a week for the last two weeks and have swam a few times(ok twice 🙂 ), and have ran once or twice.
So just to give me an official start day it was Monday- which called for a rest day! Easy enough as I was wicked tired from L and I’s weekend in Grand Lake!
Last night I headed to the pool at 830pm to get in my 10-50’s with 45sec rest in between each 50. When I got in as I was putting on my googles and had started my first 50 I decided I was going to swim a total of 750. So my totally awesome nighttime-in the pool thinking mentally calculated 13 50’s to equal a 750. Yeah clearly I wasn’t all there last night… Here is my mental thinking while I swam. “I swam 1, 2, 3, 4/5??… wait how many 50’s was that. That woman got out of the lane just a few mins ago; while she was in here I swam three, or was it two, it was three 50’s and then two? more since then. Ok. So I’m at 5. How many did I need to swim to get 750. 12-no that’s not right 13 yeah 13. 4,5,6,7,almost done!,8,9 Wow that flip turn I sucked in water-reminds me of racing in HS. Wait a second… 12×5=60 so 13 is only 750. Whatever it’s only my second swim of the week and I still am going to do 3 more than I had planned. Next time…. 10,11, jesus I’m tired! 12,13 thank god I’m done!”
So I’m thinking that this is only week one-things can only get better right?!
My Ragnar Captain Marcella joined me at spin class today! I pushed myself but I’m still not sure what my 6, 7, 8 PE is… Still working on that one. 10 mins in we were climbing and I was pouring sweat- so I must’ve been doing something right.
After 45mins of spin I went and ran around the track for half a mile just to get the feel of biking and then immediately running. If I had done a longer run I think I could consider it as my first brick workout. Mar’s pace is so quick so it was tough to keep up for more than .5 mile.
I have a 10k race on saturday so I won’t be running the rest of the week. I will still be doing my swim workout on Friday!