Showing posts from August 6, 2006

It is Saturday right????

It is 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Now Saturday is really the only morning I get to sleep in a little, 6 vs 5. Mz Nals went to the vet yesterday and was a little dopey last night from the anesthetize. Around 3:00 a.m. she started whining like she was in pain. I'm wondering, even though she was asleep yesterday, if the manipulation of her legs caused some lasting pain and soreness. So she whines, I go to her and comfort her, I leave. A few minutes later she whines again. Do you think I'm being manipulated??? She wouldn't do that would she???

Now what???

This morning was Nala's appointment with the vet.

I got up early and headed out to the pool so I could get my swim in before I had to take her in. It was a good, though abbreviated swim. I was working on muscle endurance today so there was lots of short distances with little rest in between; like 6 x 50 with :15 RI. I was fun and hard and I'm glad I'm pushing myself like that. Now that I've kind of got the stroke thing down I need to work on speed and endurance. I don't have my workout with me but it went something like this:
400 warmup: 100 swim, 100 kick, 100 drills, 100 swim 21:00 ( why did that take so long??? Am I that slow kicking??)
4 x 100 :15 RI: 2:16, 2:22, 2:21, 2:24
300 pull: 7:05
And due to time constraints that ended it. Those 100's are pathetic. I was much faster earlier in the year. I guess I need to get real serious again and swim 3 x a week, every single week.

Okay, so Nala went to the vet for x-rays. Turns out she has severe arthritis in her hips. …

It's all about the

swim. And what a great one I had this morning.

Okay, after Mon nights letdown with Masters I decided I needed a new direction. What I was looking for is a workout. I haven't really had structured workouts for my swimming and I think that was part of the problem. I was getting bored and I hated having to think, Okay, what do I do now. So yesterday I went looking around to see if I could find some good swim workouts. The ones I found were not great, so I stopped by the bookstore on the way home and found this:

It's a whole bunch of different types of swim workouts, endurance, force, speed, form, in a water proof binder that you can use poolside. The workouts also go with the Triathletes Training Bible. How sweet.

So last night I figured out where I was going to start and picked out my workout. This morning I headed off to the pool with my little binder in hand.

So the workout went like this: Warm up: 200m (various slow strokes): 5:38
2 x 200 (50 swim, 100 kick, 50 swim): 5:54, 6:05

Data Dump

It's amazing what a little focus will do for you. After I wrote my last post I went out and did my little bootcamp. It's strength training with running/jumping rope between sets. I really love doing that. It takes me about 30-40 minutes, I get a full body workout and I always feel great when done. Then I went for a 30 minute HR run. I've decided to focus on HR for the next 4 to 6 weeks. I need to focus on getting stronger and faster. Then yesterday I got up early and did a 45 minute HR run. Pretty good.

Last night I went to Masters for the first time. Ummm.....yeah..... I'm not sure what I expected but that wasn't it. Basically she just gave us a workout and that was it. We ended up doing about 2000m in a little over an hour. I just kept thinking I could do this at the Y in the morning, why do I need to come here at night??? There was no feedback of any kind and the person in my lane was slower than me and I had to keep waiting for them. How annoying. So that was a …


First, have I ever mentioned that I can be a slow learner??? Most things I pick up pretty quickly, but there are some things it just takes me forever to really learn.

One thing I have learned is that I need to visit this question frequently. I'm thinking once a week. Probably every Sunday which is my planning day anyway. I will dwell on what it is I want this week and focus on that. I have the big picture from a previous post so there's no need to revisit that.

Okay, what do you want this week???
I want to get my eating back on track. I've been eating junk for a couple of days and I really feel like sh*t.

What will you do towards that end?
I will make sure I have good, healthy food for the entire week. I will go to the store to get what I need. I will plan my meals everyday and stick to my plan.

Anything else?
Yes, I need to get more focus in my training. I've been floundering around this week and I don't like it.

How will you do that?
Today I will lay out traini…