08 February 2006

It's okay to take a break.

I had a headache for 2 days that finally put me down last night. I had a bike trainer session scheduled but I had to put it off and take care of my head. This morning is much, much better thank you.

When I got up to go swimming this morning it was raining and the wind was blowing (hard) from a weird direction. It was knocking down trees and branches and scaring the dogs. I briefly considered not going swimming and staying home to soothe the pups, but no!! I comforted the dogs, closed the windows, and left to go swimming. I guess a lot of people didn't want to go swimming because of the rain (how ridiculous is that??) cuz the pool was empty. It was nice. I was late getting there because of the weather so I was still swimming when the old folks started to arrive. I give them all the credit in the world for getting out and doing something, but man do they make me feel like a speed demon (good for the ego I guess). The guy in the lane on the right wears goggles and puts his face in the water but his feet drag the bottom until he reaches the deep end. The guy in the lane on the left and the lady in the next lane both wear those floaty belts and don't put their face in the water and don't bother to kick at all. I was able to go up and down the lane before they get to the far end. As I said, it's great to see them out there exercising and it makes me feel fast.

So yeah, I did 1550 m; 600 m, 300 m, 4 x 100, 4 x 50. It really felt good today. I also discovered a mistake I was making, I wasn't lowering my head enough. I have a problem with my hips and legs sinking some but quite by accident I pushed my head further down to look at something on the bottom and my butt and legs went up. Oh, okay. So I played around with it and sure enough I had not been straightening out my neck so my head was up a little. I had to turn a little more to breath but I quickly adjusted that. Too cool. We have a guy here who is one of the best swim teachers/coaches around. He does a swim video with analysis for like $30. I want to have it done but I wanted to get my swimming a little better before I went to him. I think I'm about ready for him now. I know some people who go to him and I'm starting to get a little confused. He swears that rolling to breath and making the S movement on the pull is old school. Now he says, twist to breath, do not roll your hips; and pull your hand straight, do not make the S shape. He seems to be the only one saying that so I don't know. Anyway, I think it's time to set the appointment for a swim video analysis.

Okay, that's enough. I probably should get to work although I really don't have too much to do.


Nancy Toby said...

Hmm, interesting about those swim technique things - I'll look forward to hearing about how your coached session goes. I don't know if I can twist to breathe - lately I've been working on rolling enough that I don't have to twist my head and neck way off my shoulders! And I think I tend to do an S-shaped stroke - not intentionally, but my arm seems to pull toward the midline at the beginning of the stroke and away as I roll to the other side.

Nancy Toby said...

And no, unless you have a typhoon, I wouldn't count "The dogs needed soothing" as a good reason to skip a workout. :-)

Bolder said...

a swim vid for $30... does he travel to Boulder?

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