Just keeping it real . . . .
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
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 08:29 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 10:29 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