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  1. Since its been over a week....

    So the last two weeks have been a little off kilter thus far. My roommates have gone out of town and left me with their dog Sophie.

    Now - I love Sophie. She's seriously the most awesome dog in the world. She's a complete sweetheart and pretty much the only girl who likes me these days anyway


    However - with the sweet comes the slightly annoying. She wants a lot of my attention. Last week - I was just kind of getting into the swing of things just being her and I and I wasn't thinking too clearly. She pretty much monopolized my after work time when I wasn't working on computers. I felt bad just leaving her in the cage all day, so this was a combo effect all across the board. The only things I made time for that week were team events: swim practice, basketball and softball.
    I actually found myself in a bit of a funk as a result of not lifting. I was feeling generally in nature and my attempts to correct or alleviate the situation were only met with more problems and things just getting in my way.
    HOWEVER on the flip side. Thursday night's swim practice was probably the fast I've swam ever. I don't think I've ever really taken the time to give myself enough rest for meets now that I'm thinking about it. I swam roughly 10% faster as a result!

    Then swimming ended last Sunday. Its been difficult to get in the pool just due to time constraints. However this time - I've got a strategy. I put up the money and threw Sophie into a puppy day care so she'd be nice and tired by the time we got home. This has actually worked mostly. I've been busy with a lot of other things as well (car needed oil change, worked a 23 hour shift on tuesday, etc...) So I have been able to get in 2 weight lifts (and one more tonight) this week. I'm hoping that next week will give me even more time to do this as I kind of pick up things to do.

    I also went to the Lake Forest High School pool. I was sorely disappointed to find out that the LFHS pool is closed until August 10th.... So that means I have to turn around and go back to Lake Bluff where I have no lane lines and no ceiling. <ugh>

    I guess I'll be getting really good at my sprints and my breast stroke form then!
  2. What I've Succumbed to is Making Me Numb

    by , June 1st, 2010 at 11:04 AM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    There I was this morning, at the 125 mark of a 200 reverse IM, and disappointed that I had to switch to freestyle just to keep from being a full length behind the other swimmers who were doing the workout. Then I thought to myself, ďHere I am, 2 Ĺ years into my competitive swimming career, after 30 years of being almost completely sedentary, and Iím swimming with four guys who competed in college. The fact that Iím only 25 yards behind is actually pretty fantastic.Ē I hit the wall and blasted out the last 50. It felt not so bad, except for the part where I hurt all over.

    Itís an odd week, Coach is away, so weíve got no workouts and no music. I suggested that the five of us do 200ís, broken up into this and that. I donít remember exactly what we did, but it was around 3000 yards. Some 200ís were the aforementioned reverse IM, at one point we did 2x100 IM, there were 50ís of kick/swim, and (at my suggestion) 50ís of fly/back, back/breast, breast/free, free/fly. I tried using my move the water bottle over to the next row of tiles trick to keep count, but I forgot which row of tiles was the starting point.

    The guys were attempting to work on their technique, while I tried not to die. And then when we were all done, there were no lights in the locker room because the substitute lifeguard doesnít have the key to turn them on. Tonight, Iím going to see if I can drag out some glow tape leftover from my theatre days so I can label my shampoo and conditioner, as they look exactly the same, and whatís the point of doing all that swimming if you go to work with bad hair?
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  3. I Get Fly with a Little Help From My Friends

    by , May 30th, 2010 at 03:29 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    There's no music from now until early June because Coach Ron is on vacation, and is taking the keys to the office with him.

    Today Jonathan & I went to one of the pools at one of the many colleges in our county. I could go on the shortage of places to swim around here. There are no public pools. Only pools attached to schools. And if if you don't go to the school or work there, it's not always easy to get in, except for the one college that's about 40 minutes away and has community hours. For that reason, I've poached more times than I'm proud to say...

    I got today's workout from The Swimming Wizard. I picked it because the two of us swim at very different speeds, and he can easily catch me at a 200. It went like this:


    4 x 200 Swim, Kick, Pull, Swim
    4 x 50 (25Fly/25Back) on 1:00
    4 x 150 Free on 2:00
    4 x 100 (50 Back/50 Breast) on 2:00
    4 x 100 Free on 1:45
    4 x 150 (75 Breast/75 Free) on 2:30
    4 x 50 Free on :40
    4 x 200 (100 Free/100 IM) on whatever.

    It was a great workout for us both. He called it a "maintenance after nationals" workout, and I was just stoked to do over 4,000 yards in under 90 minutes. Also, the 50's on :40 was a real effort for me, so I was elated that I made it. Jonathan was kind enough to swim it at my pace, and when we did the IM's he went real deep on the backstroke so I could fly over him. Couldn't ask for a nicer swimmer to train with. So thankful I never have to compete against him.

    I'm curious how other slow/medium/fast swimmers work together. Seems like there's lots of fast, fast, fast swimmers on the forums since I started poking around last week. I'd love a shout-out to any others who are just hanging on!

    Updated May 30th, 2010 at 04:15 PM by swimmerb212

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