Just keeping it real . . . .
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 09:44 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
Got lucky this morning and had a workout partner! Jenna always kills me off! Gym for weights & core first, then an hour at the pool.
900 warm-up (100 free, 25 back/breast; repeat x 6)
2 x 200 Pull
4 x 50 @ :45
3 x 100 IM @ 1:45
2 x 150 @ 2:15
200 IM twitch
1 min rest
200 Pull @ 3:00
2 x 150 IM twitch @ 2:20
3 x 100 @ 1:25
4 x 50 kick @ 1:00
2 x 4-cycle speed play,
Oh my goodness I felt trashed this morning. On Saturday I had the misfortune of blowing out my Baker's cyst again - I couldn't walk or anything, so much pain. So Sunday was spent mainly in bed, lying in the lazy boy, etc. This resulted in lower back pain, so I could hardly do my flip turns this morning. Got out rather early.
5 x 100 P @ 1:30
4 x 500; 2 pull, one breast/free, one lollygagging around
Nice hard workout this morning; arms are delightfully tired
2 x 300 pull
400-400-300-200-100-6 x 50 (DeMont) w/30 sec rest between each (no toys)
3 x 300 breast/free
Was planning on a twist today & doing weights after work, and only swimming tomorrow morning, but life may get in the way. Have to teach a class on diabetes to my patients & I got drafted to bring in the refreshments. Thought I would try the whole "hard boiled eggs" by baking them in the oven - epic fail! Now I'm boiling the eggs for the Deviled Eggs, and behind, as usual. At least I'm not behind on my charting!!
Updated May 2nd, 2014 at 09:29 AM by Celestial
Didn't realize I hadn't been on here in so long. Swam like crap this morning. Felt like I was swimming in sludge. It's amazing how much can change in a week. Last Wed, the water temp was 78, and I swam really well. Monday I swam well also. Today the air temp was back down to 38 again, water temp back up to 81, and I felt like a salmon going upstream. Got the distance in, but the quality just wasn't there.
300-200-100 Pull w/20 sec rest btwn ea
10 x 50 non-free @ 1:00 (some of these were breast/free by 25's)
4 x 400; last 2 pull
6 x 150 swim/stroke or kick/swim
What happened to March? Geez, Spring is actually upon us, and it seems like Valentine's Day was just last week! Warmer air again this morning, thank goodness - the 38 degree temp on Wed morning was a nasty shock to the system. ATAC still off - so we've had the entire 50M pool to ourselves for 2 weeks now. They come back on Monday, and I'm looking forward/dreading that! Swam with Jenna & Gary today - Sela & Marcia slept in, I guess. Did butterfly for the first time since, basically October - with zoomers - and only for a 25, but I did do it, and I felt good, no shoulder pain at all. (Yea!)
"The Rob" set:
4 x 50
3 x 100 IM
2 x 150
200 IM (or IM twitch)
1 min rest
2 x 150 IM twitch
3 x 100
4 x 50 kick
(No clock so no intervals)
3 x 100 w/pull buoy only
3 x 100 pull w/buoy & paddles
3 x 100 w/fins and paddles
Total: 4500 LCM
Trying to find a way to challenge myself w/out going to meets is really hard. I don't think there is a single meet that coincides with my free weekends until October. Been thinking about giving myself a challenge & actually doing the dumb "goal sets" with the kids on some of the Saturday practices this summer. I hate competing against Olympians, seriously. Even tho I won't be in their heat, they will see me come in at my pathetically slow time, and even tho they probably aren't actually watching me, I still feel like they are, and judging. (And they probably couldn't care less, lol!!)
Updated June 4th, 2014 at 11:29 PM by Celestial
Had my 2nd accupuncture about 5 days ago, which I didn't really enjoy this time, because he gave me a "massage" which hurt like, well, it hurt a lot. I felt bruised until about yesterday, but swimming wise, on Monday I was fine, Tuesday was fine, today was pretty dang good, actually. So yes, I would recommend accupuncture, but I think I'm done for now. It's too bad I don't have a meet this weekend, darn it.
10 x 200; descending intervals
2 x 50; sprint the 25, cruise to wall
So I had my very first accupuncture tx today, and I was totally amazed -- you don't feel the needles going in at ALL. We shall see if this helps the old shoulder, and other things. He told me a lot of stuff that I'm not sure I buy into, but hey, if it helps, why not?
very few kids this AM, Spring Break officially begins this afternoon, I guess, so workout was optional.(?). Had my own lane, as Jenna & Sela weren't there either. finally got my distance back up to 5000, in part because I was in the mood, and in part because my arm was only slightly achy this morning - hurt a bit during the first 1200, but then I was fine.
600 pull, speed play by 50s
300 kick, 75 hard, 25 easy
4 x 200 pull @ 3:05. -was supposed to be 3:00, but that's where I was coming in, so . . . . .
12 x 50 @ 1:00, descend 1-3
100 easy (kids got out here)
10 x 150, free/stroke/free
400 warm down
Oddness, my shoulder doesn't hurt today. Very odd
5 x 100 pull @ 1:30
4 x 100 kick @ 2:15
5 x 300 @ 5:30 or 6:00, alt stroke/free by 50
3 x 500, pull no paddles, pull w/paddles, and breast/free (cool down)
total: 4700 LCM
Swimming gently today, as I was really noticing my shoulder, and the set wasn't super challenging, and the other person in my lane was happy to go pokey as well.
500 pull (w/minimal effort, as I was warming up)
5 x 100 kick @ 2:15
12 x 100 @ 1:40 (told you the set wasn't super challenging)
500 odds and ends with fins to preserve the shoulder
Total 3500 LCM
I think Terry was easy on them/us because the kids had Sr.Champs this past weekend, and this was essentially their first day back in long course in 3-1/2 weeks. PLUS, it was raining. I imagine next week he'll step it up a bit.
I am soooo looking forward to the time change and the temperature change. I truly pity those who live up north. My son, in very northern Tennessee (1 mi south of Kentucky) had 5 inches of ICE beneath 10 inches of snow on Monday. What a nightmare. And his apartment complex didn't do anything to help dig the parking lot out, so he got together a posse and spent 7 hours digging/shoveling and picking at ice on Monday. Down here in Tallahassee, that same day, it was 71 and sunny.
***AND, I made an appt with an accupuncturist! That should be interesting! Hoping to "unfreeze" my shoulder sooner than Mother Nature was planning.
Ahhh! Back to my old pool! And its LCM! Yipes! But it wasn't too bad, we were only out of the pool for 3 weeks, so hopefully a week of torture, and then I'll be used to it again.
6 x 200 @ 3:15 (held below 3:00 the entire time, yea me!)
8 x 50 kick @ 1:10
8 x 25 4-cycle speed play on :30
2 x 150 Pull
3 x 100 Pull
Total: 4000 LCM
**Rediscovered something this morning. When I emphasize my pull properly, the T drops and the feet rise, making my stroke more efficient, thus moving me faster with no increase in effort. This was a lovely "ah ha" moment this morning & I am so excited to get back after it - but tomorrow I have an early dentist appt, and will have to miss swimming entirely! Argh.
Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 10:39 PM by Celestial
Mother Nature is playing tricks on us again. Nearly a full week of temps in the 70's, and she pulls a fast one last night and drops it to 28 degrees. Of course pool management decided that meant the pool had to be warmer, so we got to have 85 degree water. Fortunately the people from Premier were not allowed in their pool (if it's colder than 40 they won't open the pool) so I had this fast guy, Chuck, to spur me on [to greatness] hahaha. When I was doing 1:20's, he was doing them on the 1:15 and holding a 1:10. I comfort myself with the facts: a) he is a MAN, and b) he is only 45. Plus, I had done 2200 before he even got in, so I was more tired, right? (Why don't I feel better?)When I did my 200 easy at the end, he did one all out & did a :58 from a push. Most impressive.
1000 warm-up (100 free, 25 back/breast repeat)
3 x 300 Pull w/50 breast between each, first one no paddles
2 x 100 easy
100 kick @ 2:00
2 x 100 "IM" @ 1:30
3 x 100 @ 1:20
4 x 100 back/free w/zoomers @ 1:25
5 x 100 @ 1:20
4 x 100 kick @ 2:00
3 x 100 @ 1:20
2 x 100 "IM" @ 1:30
Total: 5200 SCY
Shoulder was GREAT in the water, got in 5100 SCY. Then once I stopped moving, got showered and dressed, I noticed the entire capsule is just throbbing again. Geez. Well I dealt with 2-1/2 years of elbow pain I guess I can deal with 18 months of frozen shoulder pain. At least I know what it is, and I know that the only thing that helps is time. I may not be a very fast swimmer, but I am a stubborn swimmer!
1000 warm-up (typical 100 free, 25 back/25 breast over & over)
2 x 300 P no paddles
500 kick no board, with zoomers
12 x 200 as follows:
3 x 200 @ 3:00
3 x 200 P no paddles @ 2:45
3 x 200 P w/paddles @ 2:40
3 x 200 breast
500 cool down, various
Total: 5100 SCY
Shoulder is killing me this morning, had to take some Gabapentin & may even need to find an old Percocet in the back of my drawer somewhere
1000 warmup, various
5 x 200 P @ 3:00 (was going about 2:30-40 -- just taking my time, cuz the water was so darn hot! 86F)
10 x 100; 6 @ 1:40; 4 @ 1:30, wore zoomers on last 4
Did some USRPT on Saturday - it was sorta fun! Definitely something to do when swimming solo & you have to find a way to push yourself.
Came up with a couple of new mind games for myself today - trying to push through the pain of my "frozen" shoulder and the horribly hot water. Amazing how hot water is just fine, if all you want to do is float around & talk. But try going anywhere fast, and in 25-50yds you just want to roll over & let the steam escape. Had an ex-Olympian in the lane next to me this morning, and I asked him what he did to motivate himself in hot water, and he just laughed and asked me if I had noticed how slow he was going. Nice to know the hot water affects us all equally. And he's only 30. And slim. And HOT, lol. Eye Candy at 5:30am - nice way to start the day, hahaha!
Finally felt good to be in the water again, after a 3 week dry spell. My shoulder is still achy, but if I minimize the use of paddles, I can go longer w/out it aching (after the initial 600 of getting it warmed up). Swam mostly solo today, Bill beside me on one side, Dan on the other, each doing their own thing. I was fastest tho, lol!
600 - 100 free, 25 back/25 breast repeat
2 x 300 pull, first one w/out paddles
5 x 100 w/pullbuoy @ 1:25 holding ~ 1:20
5 x 100 swim @ 1:25 holding ~ 1:18ish
5 x 100 pull @ 1:20 holding ~ 1:15's
5 x 100 steady state (w/paddles & fins) @ 1:20, holding ~ 1:10's
3 x 300 breast/free (50 Br, 50 Fr, 100 Br, 50 Fr, 50 Br)
I've been having a lot of trouble motivating myself to actually work the workouts lately. Haven't been able to pin down exactly the cause, but today, after a nice workout, where I was able to push myself to go harder (than usual), I've decided the problem stems from basically one factor: 1) I am forced to swim at Meyers w/out ATAC because of repairs to Trousdale, thus notoriously warmer pool temps, and since ATAC has moved to a different pool at an even earlier time, this means I don't have anyone my speed to push me - my friend Jenna is waaaay too fast, and Bill waaaay too slow, but today I had Dan right beside me, and he is "just right". Plus, throw in the fact that I'm staying up too late watching the Olympics, and you could say I'm burning the candle at both ends. Ah Ha. Problem solved. Well, it will be, as soon as they let us back in to Trousdale.
Updated February 21st, 2014 at 10:04 PM by Celestial
Decided to scratch the Clearwater meet.
Just not feeling in the mood for racing, I guess. Usually I am waaay excited about a meet. This time, I'm sorta like, blah.
No, I'm not overtrained. Just the winter blahs. Right rotator-cuff tendinitis actually improving. I think it's the weather.
Frankly I'm more excited about my new phone!
3 x 200 pull
20 x 100 @ 1:30
600 various cool down
Not feeling this morning