Just keeping it real . . . .
Could NOT get out of bed this morning. Pleasantly surprised to see B Mrz there, visiting from China. Little funny this morning - near the end of our last set of 100's, I could see out of the corner of my eye, someone I thought was Marci - and I was agitated that she had "caught up" with me - and then I was relieved to see it was actually someone doing breaststroke! (B Mrz). Hahaha - he is so amazingly fast!
3 x thru:
200, 2 x 100, 2 x 50, first set swim, 2nd set IM twitch, 3rd set pull
10 x 100 on descending intervals
200 easy - I was toast
- OMG - I got new paddles, and went one of the last 100's with the new paddles and my zoomers and I did a 1:15!!! Not world record fast, but fast for me! Especially in practice after about 3500 meters!
Total: 3500 LCM
OMG, I can't believe summer is half over
Water was great this morning, as per usual, around 78 degrees, and since the young ones are at FLAGS (formerly Jr. Olympics) the pool was pretty empty until 6:30 am. Just me, Marci & Bill this am, I called the set.
500 pull no paddles
Four times through:
3 x 100 @ 1:30
4 x 50 stroke/free by 25 @ 1:00
Got one of the coaches to look at my stroke, and a tiny little tweak on my hand entry, helped me go from barely making the 1:30's to getting in at the 1:25 with ease. Humph. Gonna change my hand paddles!
400 IM drill/swim by 50
500 odds & ends cool down
Amazing how hand entry can affect your speed. Amazing.
First Weights, then a short swim. Felt kinda achy between the shoulders today, and kinda puny at weights. Was in a hurry, so I only did 2 rounds at each station, instead of three, and then at the pool, spent so much time talking I only went about 2500 LCM. Hurried over to the dentist for a cleaning then off to work. I have a lovely 55 minute drive, and the sky was lovely: sun shining, didn't see a cloud in the sky. 30 minutes after I get into work, the sky opens up & its suddenly pouring outside! Thunder - boom! Lightening! At this rate we'll lose power and all my charting will be paper - no EMR on these kinds of days, lol!
1000 warm-up with 400 of it drills
300 choice/warm down
Hard workout today - worked more parts of it than it seems like I have been able to lately.
1300 w/up which included 300 of drills
10 x 200 descending intervals, adding and taking away toys as needed
(zoomers only on last one)
3 x 300 "breast" - increasing amount of breast in each 300
Have been at the new job for 2-1/2 weeks now. The drive is no big deal, as long as I don't get mesmerized on the road - sure beats bumper to bumper traffic! Have to get out of the pool promptly at 7, in order to be ready to drive at 7:30, but I've taken to working nearly the entire workout. Water is amazingly cold (77) and inspires me to go fast, just to make it through the warm up. It's great after that initial shock wears off.
45 mins of weights first, then to pool:
5 x 100 pull @ 1:35
500 pull HARD - meant to time myself, but some moron moved the clock during my swim & it turned OFF. Great - well, it felt good, anyway.
Just can't seem to make myself wake up earlier than 4:50 to get to the Gym, and with my new job, I HAVE to gt out of the pool by 7 to be ready to drive at 7:30, so I only had about 35 minutes (or less) in the water today. But I felt goood
Had to take Traumeel tablets from the get-go (ah well, I'm still better than I was 2 weeks ago!!)
600: 100 free, 50 back repeat
400 of drills
3 x 200 pull w/20 sec rest between
300 kick (abandoned the board on last 100 thanks to my back)
4 x 100 breast/free @ 1:40 (the ONLY person on the team to do breast/free)
6 x 150 w/zoomers: 50 free/50 back/50 free @ 2:30, desc 1-3, 4-6
4 x 100 pull @ 1:40
Total: 4500 LCM
Last day at my current job. Bittersweet feelings about this. I will miss the people I work with here (won't miss some of my "problem-children" patients tho), but really excited to start a new chapter w/new people and new experiences, learning new things (like, hey, they are sending me to Botox camp in 2 weeks!). This definitely seals the coffin on lunch time swimming for me, except on the weekends, though.
Found out on Monday that a sweet friend is getting divorced - no more morning swims for her - she won't have the necessary childcare. Sooooo, suddenly my little problems seem rather insignificant now. SO grateful for a loving husband, wondrful children and a supportive family.
Weights first, as per usual on Tues & Thurs. Starting to feel tired again from weights, after nearly a month off (funny how I didn't feel rested when NOT doing them, but now that I'm back at the gym, my arms feel sorta tired - whatever)
Using warm-ups & cool-down to incorporate drills - encouraging muscle memory. Really trying to develop a more hip driven freestyle, rather than shoulder driven. I think I noticed somewhat of an improvement in speed w/out the increase in effort yesterday. Today I couldn't tell because I was swimming solo, "beside" the team - I just can NOT do dry lands on the concrete deck - it's too hard on my old body. So I go to Kinetix first, and arrive about 15 minutes before everyone jumps in, and since I have to get out ~7, I just go solo - which is boring, and makes it difficult to stay motivated. I'm so grateful I have people to swim with at least 3 x week. If I had a Saturday swim group, I would so abandon these early morning solo swims on Tuesday and Thursday.
10 x 200 @ 3:15, w/50 easy after #3 & #6 (halfway down & back)
My back is definitely better. Not perfect, but better. Was too lazy to get out of bed last night & take my celebrex & zoloft (which happens about every other day, lol) and haven't had to take the Traumeel since yesterday morning. Hope it holds and I can avoid re-injury, or hurting something else for a LONG time.
Back doing so much better today. I did have to get out after the first 600 w/up and take some Traumeel tablets (LOVE that stuff!) but either it went to work really fast (it does that) or I'm actually recovering (fairly possible, since it's been 2 weeks). Did pretty well on the 100's, which is actually an improvement from my usual lately. Could be in part because of the cooler water. They've got the aerators going and it's like 80 or 81 in the water (awesome!).
5 x 100 P @ 1:30
500 something (don't remember)
15 x 100 @ 1:30
500 kick locomotive by 25's
10 x 50 @ :50
100 cool down
I might not have everything right here - can't remember exactly what we did, just that I did enough at the end to make an even 5000 LCM.
I've been making myself get out of the water as close to 7am as possible, and seeing how fast I can get myself dressed (etc.) and in the car by 7:30, because I start my new job on Monday, and it is twice as far from home as I've been going, so I'll need to leave earlier. Don't want to give my swim time, so I need to be efficient not only under the water, but above it as well. (hehehe, pun intended )
*Biorhythms Physical 66% & heading up; Emotional 77% & heading down
coming in ~ 24 on #1, holding 26's thru out - felt good, it was hard, but not exhausting
Updated June 18th, 2014 at 08:44 PM by Celestial
My back was feeling great when I woke up. Unfortunately, once I started doing backstroke, it started acting up again. So, I guess the moral of the story is: avoid backstroke for a while.
2 x 300 drill/swim by 50
2 x 200 (breast) kick @ 4:30
5 x 100; 25 breast/75 free @ 1:40
6 x 200; 3 pull no paddles, 3 pull w/paddles @ 3:15
Total: 4500 LCM
Slept in this morning, for some reason I just couldn't fall asleep last night. So when the alarm went off at 4:45, I decided pooh, my back has been hurting so bad anyway, why even bother? Got home from work early and went over to the pool around 4pm, swam just a steady pace, making sure my back was ok. Did pretty well! Got in 3100 as follows:
600 back/free, breast/free
3 x 200 pull
600 kick/free w/zoomers (no board - kicking on my back)
3 x 300 pull holding 1:30 pace(ish)
200 easier than all the above!
Pleasantly surprised by how well my back held up. I think with a Jeanie massage tonight and full nights sleep I should be back in the saddle by tomorrow, or Wednesday at the latest.
Serious back pain - couldn't do flipturns - got out, went home, took percocet, called accupuncturist
600 back/free; breast/free by 50
4 x 150 pull w/30 sec rest (~2:40/45)
Total: 1300 LCM
Slept in yesterday, still trying to get back to my normal schedule. A whole week of sleeping in and being a slug-a-bed is hard to overcome!
Terry decided we would do 20 minutes of abs before jumping in, which is convenient since I slept in yesterday & didn't do any at all. Unfortunately, ab work w/out my Bosu ball or any sort of support for my lower back was a big mistake. Now my back is hurting a bit again - bother.
500 back/free by 50's
400 breast/free by 100's
8 x 50 @ :50
3 x 300 @ 4:30
5 x 200 @ 3:00
20 x 50 kick @ 1:10
Off to work. Total ~4300LCM
First ATAC practice in over a week, and of course, the team is out in full force, causing the lanes to be extra crowded with kids who aren't used to seeing an old lady in their lane - and of course, I'm swimming like dog meat. Arggh!
Survived the "warm up" hour, of about 3000 LCM, and then moved to the "leisure" lanes & did the next 1700 "solo". There was no way I was going to be able to keep 400's on the 6:30 - in fact, today I was lucky to come IN at the 6:30! So I modified it as you will see. Nonetheless, it was awesome to be in the pool, the water was delightfully cool & felt "crisp" if you know what I mean. Weather was beautiful as well, so I have nothing to complain about.
2 x 300 pull w/20 sec rest btwn ea
600 reverse IM - drill/swim/drill by 50
12 x 50 @ :50, desc in groups of 4
6 x 100 pull @ 1:30
4 x 400; swim, back/free, breast/free, pull w/20 sec rest btwn ea
Total: 4700 LCM
Back from a nice vacation - but no swimming in over a week. Mi espalda tiene MUCHO dolor from being stuck in the car for 7 hours on Friday. Swam a paltry 3200 last night (solo) to get the kinks out, and could sorta feel my lower back hurting, but this morning, when I got up, you would think I had slipped a disc or something (in my sleep?). Tried to go to the gym, but wasn't able to do much of anything - got a massage, went to the pool, paltry 2000 thanks to my back, home again - tried to clean the pool - now I have 2 percocets in me, and I am still not only awake, but still hurting. Fortunately, I know this shall pass - I just hope it's gone by Monday, so I can get after it again. Funny, how last month, the meet in October seemed like a long ways away, but now, suddenly seems right around the corner. With all the upcoming excitement this summer (we're getting a new kitchen! and my boy comes home from the Netherlands!!) time will fly, I'm sure. So I want to get healthy, (and thinner) and drop some time! Today, however, the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.
Updated June 4th, 2014 at 10:23 PM by Celestial
Lazy yesterday - didn't go to the gym OR the pool, lol! I DID get some extra sleep, however. Must have had too much though, because I woke up at ~12:15am, 2am, and 4:20am. Got up at 4:50 w/out a problem, had a pretty good workout. Sorry to say that it seems like I am at the age where I'm going slower, despite everything. I might be able to pull off fairly equivalent times in a meet, but in practice, I have definitely slowed down. I was hoping to be able to continue keeping 100's on the 1:20 (SCY) or 1:30 (LCM) for another 10 years or so, but well, what can I say. I can do 3. Used to be able to go on forever at that pace.
400 back/free (missed the first 100 of this)
300 pull (didn't pull it)
4 x 300 @ 4:50
3 x 200 @ 3:10
5 x 100 Pull @ 1:35 (moderate effort, came in ~ 1:29's)
16 x 50 kick @ 1:05 (6 w/board, 2 w/out; repeat)
Going on vacation after practice on Friday - and the only swimming I will be doing will be in a "lazy river". Might pick up an extra practice in the morning to make up for it. Or not. Vacations are good. Rest is good.
Updated June 4th, 2014 at 10:31 PM by Celestial
Shoulders totally shot from zip-lining on Saturday - but I don't regret a thing!
Water was nice and cool, and it's starting to really get light outside by the time workout is done.
5 x 400, descend 1-5; last 2 were pull (that's when I realized my shoulders were toast)
8 x 25, drill/sprint; stroke/free @ :30
500 odds & ends cool down - including 200 kick
**Having a bit of a time trying to feel "up" - last 2 weeks at work have been kinda rough, emotionally. Not been having really any fun at the gym, can't seem to get myself out of bed and to the pool on the weekends. Looks like my vacation next week is right on schedule.
Really glad Mother's Day is over. This was possibly the most stressful Mother's Day I've ever had, and I'll just leave it at that.
Friday's workout was rather pathetic - I wasn't feeling too good - too much caloric deprivation, I think, or not. I just had no energy & I don't know what else to blame it on. Today was MUCH better.
2 x 400 Pull
3 x 100 kick @ 2:00
5 x 200 @ 3:05
16 x 25 drill/swim on :30
2 x 500, first one w/buoy only, second with fins and paddles only - descend & neg split (racing Bill)
6 x 50 sprint first 25 @ 1:00
Updated May 13th, 2014 at 08:44 PM by Celestial
I am really in the Cinco de Mayo spirit this year. We have been eating Mexican food seems like all week, and today, we are REALLY going to have Mexican yummies!! Except no churros - I have no restraint when it comes to churros!
Lower back still hurting a little w/flip turns, although much better than last Monday. I need to do something different on Sundays - I think too much laying around & keeping the Sabbath isn't healthy for my back. Not sure what to add in, however. Perhaps a lovely walk through the neighborhood w/my hubbie. It's kinda hard to blend spiritual and the need to move on Sundays, but I'm sure I'll figure it out, being a big girl and all.
Water temp back to normal this morning, thank goodness!! Only Sela and me swimming beside ATAC - Jenna must have had a busy work day planned. I do NOT envy her her job. She has to travel waaaay too much.
4 x 300 @ 4:45
12 x 50 @ 1:00 alt 3 free/3 stroke
600 pull buoy only
400 swim/cool down
Total: 5000 LCM ~90 minutes
Wishing I was at Nationals in Santa Clara. Instead I'm here in Rainy-Overcast Florida. Yesterday Trousdale got the heater fixed, and of course, they over shot the desired temp, so instead of 75 degrees, it is now 84. Just wasn't feeling it;
8x 100; alt 100 IM & 100 kick
Sun finally came out just around the 8 x 100, so I was lazy, and enjoyed working on my freckles. I SO wish I had a swim buddy for Saturdays!
Rained out on Wed & Thurs - good thing I swam Tues
Apparently the heater broke, and the water temp was 75 - went to another pool and swam by myself. MUCH better.
2 x 600, first one 100 free, 25 back/breast; second one pull
2 x 500; alt 100 IM & 100 kick on 1:40 & 1:50 w/zoomers
2 x 400; swim, speedplay by 50's, 2nd one faster than the 1st
2 x 300; breast/free
2 x 200; pull no paddles
4 x 50 @ :45
Total: 4300 SCY