Wed, March 20, 2013 7:00-9:00pm Last Blog for dayzzzzzzz....
by, March 21st, 2013 at 02:07 AM (1279 Views)
February Fitness Challenge Results just came out as I was typing the blog, so here they are:
292 total people participated in the FFC this year. I was 1st in my age group for the 35-39 Males, with 125,750 yards swum. That yardage ranked me 18th among all men, and 30th among all men/women combined. All of the men who swam more than me were older as well. Likely they are all retired from real work, and have the ability to swim day and night as they please. I only swim 25 of the 28 days, and I had to go out of my way to get some of those days in. I don't know how people can manage to swim day after day after day without a rest day. Your body needs some time to rebuild itself.
I took yesterday off from the pool to work on my truck. It was a simple job of changing the starter, but the complicated part was doing it outside on the gravel driveway, in the evening with no light but worklights, in the rain, with a tarp hung over the front of the truck off the garage to shield water away. The whole job was quick...maybe 15-20 minutes total time of actual mechanical stuff...maybe. It was the setup and teardown that took the time.
I was sluggish today in the pool:
John split the group into the super taper group for Sectionals, and the 5 of us (ME here) not going to Sectionals.
800 SDK w/ long fins - cruised about 1:15-1:20 pace/100
I finally purchased my own long fins!! Yippiee, and they're comfy too!
800 Free Pull
4 x 200 IM Fast @ 5:00 went 2:31/2:32/2:34/2:34
1:00 extra rest
4 x 200 Stroke (did back) @ 5:00 - went 2:35-2:38s
1:00 extra rest
4 x 200 Free @ 5:00 - went 2:20-2:22, last one tried and did a measley 2:15
100 EZ swim
4 x 100 Free @ 1:15 went 1:06/1:07/1:07/1:04 - just plain tired
4 x 50 Free @ 1:15 went :27/:28/:28/:27 - legs sore, but managed
4 x 25 Free @ 1:15 went fast
200 EZ and out
This is my final official swim practice until after Easter weekend folks. I'm taking tomorrow off from the pool to get last things packed up for our family trip to El Salvador. It's where my wife is from, and we're going to visit the place she grew up, live life like she did, and worship the U.S. soil when we return.
It's not going to be luxary by any means folks. We'll be at my mother in law's house for most of the time there. The house is a small (VERY SMALL) two room house of sorts. Bathroom is outside in what we'll call and outhouse. Bathing...I'll figure that out later. Water will be all bottled store bought. I may actually drink a few cervezas for the first time in over 11 years as well. At least it won't make me sick like the local water would. Oh, and kiss the English language goodbye for a week as well! I'll be without internet too, but I'll be fine. It's gonna be hot. Low 90s for the high, but the low at night is low 70s. Not a lot of break period from the heat. Sleeping conditions...we're gonna be a big happy family.
My MIL lives in my house with me year round, but takes a month or two each year to return to her home in El Salvador. My wife just hasn't been back there since she left the country in 1999, and is now making the trip again. Her first time on a plane...should be interesting. :littleJamesdevilsmile: The three little ones will be coming along too. It'll be fun.
We're also visiting her two brothers and their families as well. The ocean isn't too far away, and we're planning a couple of days hopefully there. There is a new aquatic center of some sort down the road from where we're staying...maybe I'll check it out, but I honestly had no real intentions of lap swimming on this vacation. I'll still have my suits and goggles with me though. Never leave home without them.
Most of all, we're going to try to be safe, and hopefully not run into "situations" down there. My other brother in law is also going down with us. He lives here in town, and knows the area well. I'm confident things will be fine, but you never know what to expect.
Nice knowing you all...pictures hopefully coming later...