Thursday, March 13, 2014
I only spent about 20 minutes in the pool this morning. Lesson learned: I need to leave the house a little earlier for Thursday-morning pre-court swims.
I almost feel like I'm back at square one. I am doing better, but I'm struggling to put it all together. I do notice it's easier to breathe on my right side than my left, but the big issue is still the panic that builds if I feel water in my nose.
I did pretty good today: I either blew it out or spit it out. I don't think I swallowed any. But I need to learn to deal with this CALMLY. I'm going to get a lot of water in my nose. It happens. I need to focus on just keeping continual outward pressure any until it's time to breathe in.
I also had a hard time exhaling through my mouth. It seemed like when I did that, it felt like water was headed for my sinuses. I'm not sure home much of that was physical and how much was mental. It doesn't really matter, because again, I need to learn to deal with this calmly.
I think what I'm going to do is hit the pool as often as I can, even if it's only for 15-20 minutes. It's only with practice that I can re-train my brain and get it to not panic when it thinks water is encroaching on its turf. Any time a kid in my jurisdiction gets arrested, I'll have a hearing in the court across the street from my club in the early afternoon. That means I can be in the pool every day of the week. Thursday mornings are a given, too. If my husband is willing to part with my company for an hour or so on the weekend, I can get in a weekend drill, too.
Part of my frustration is that my first triathlon is only two and a half months away. I know I can do this, but I would prefer to go into my first tri uber-confident. I want to start doing open-water swims as soon as possible (once the river warms up a little and I buy my wetsuit).
I need to remind myself that I have a good plan. I'm committed. I'm focused. These inconveniences and bad happenstance are not going to derail me. The only thing that is going to stop me is me, and that is NOT acceptable. Absent some life-altering injury, I am going to do this triathlon. What I need to do right now is cut myself some slack. Remind myself I am a complete beginner in the pool. Even if I can only do a few laps, so long as my form is good, I don't care that it's only a few: speed and distance will follow.
So, get back on that horse, kiddo.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Last evening, the wind was coming from the WNW. Generally speaking, our winds come from the southwest. When the wind is really bad, I'll ride home via the south side of the Columbia River. It's 15 miles, as opposed to 10, but when there's a 30 mph wind blowing through your spokes it's usually worth it to take the longer but more-protected route.
Last night, I rode to the gym and then home. That's 16 milesl. I didn't do my strength training workout last night because that ride was a test, and because the Hubs gets home earlier on Mondays. In fact, he was home when I arrived. He got a brief hello while I switched over to running shoes and into a jacket for my brick workout. He's a good sport.
The ride up the hill to the gym wasn't bad because I sat at an intersection half-way up the hill for three minutes waiting on the light. Three minutes is a very long time for a traffic light, but it did allow my heartrate to come down. I had the wind in my face going down the hill, and then got stuck at the same light. :roll eyes:
My intent was to ride to the gym tonight to do a strength workout, but I've reconsidered. I will ride home, but I think the workout on top of the ride is too much. While I didn't do a lot of swimming yesterday, I did swim. My ride home from the gym was my longest ride this year. And then, as if my legs hadn't suffered enough, I went for a brief run. (I ran the first five minutes, and then alternated running and walking. My legs were not happy, and my heartrate was pretty high.)
This morning, my legs were still kind of wooden. I took stock of recent workouts: I ran a mile without stopping on Saturday. (I usually alternate between running and walking, at a 2:30-3:1 ratio. I just wanted to see if I could run a mile without stopping.) I rode 16 miles yesterday, fighting the wind for 85% of the ride. And then I ran. My legs have a right to be tired!
So I'm *just* going to ride home tonight, and then I will ride into work tomorrow. I will drive home tomorrow night, and I'll do my strength training workout then. And Thursday morning, I'll swim for 30-40 minutes before work. That should be sufficient.
Monday, March 10, 2014
At least it's not square one!
I haven't been in the pool since my lesson. Just thinking of chlorinated water made me naseuous. But I had to get back in there and try to recover what I learned from Coach Kathy. I opted to go for a run Saturday morning. I had to go to court near my gym this afternoon, so I returned to the pool at lunch time. Pool 2, though. I may never go back into Pool 1.
I have my Zoomies swim fins. I am a lot faster, but NOT crazy fast like with the full-sized fins. As Coach Kathy suggested, I spent my first few minutes in the pool just practicing breathing & keeping the air moving out of my nose. It was a real struggle. I feel like I've forgotten almost everything I learned 10 days ago.
I did pretty good. I got a little water in my sinuses, but what little I didn't blow back out I spit out. I think I swallowed a litte, but not much. I have a bit of a headache - the result of unbuffered water coming into contact with my sinuses - but it's managable. I'm hopeful this headachiness is something that will diminish with time, either because I've adapted or because I'm keeping water out of my sinuses.
It was a minimally productive pool session. I get there at about 12:20. I try to be in court by 1:15. The club is across the street from the court, so I can do it. But I only get about 20 minutes in the pool. Right now, that's acceptable. In fact, I see the advantage. I may plan to do this every day I have to be in that court. Short, frequent sessions are better for practicing new skills than longer, less frequent sessions. The downside is that I don't know until after the start of the workday whether or not I have to go to court. (It all depends on who got arrested the night before and why they were arrested.)
Tonight I'm going to ride home, via the club. It's only an 8-mile ride, but I have to climb a small hill (119' in about half a mile) to get there. Mondays, the Hubs only works until 5, so he may be home between 6:30 - 7 (assuming he actually leaves work on time, which is rare). Tonight's ride is just to see how I feel when I get to the gym. My plan ulitmately is to ride to the club to do my strength training and then ride home (another 8 miles). I'm planning to go for a run as soon as I get home - first brick of the year. Yes, it will be miserable, but the sooner I start doing them the easier life will be during my first triathlon in June.
Of course, there's a 25 mph wind with gusts in the 30+ range. A little water up may nose may freak me out, but I'm still a tough broad.
Friday, March 07, 2014
I rode my bike a few times this week, so my body can handle aerobic exercise. The thing is, I really need to get back into the pool. I took that lesson a week ago, and every day I delay makes it more difficult to replicate what Coach Kathy taught me.
I have a bit of an ear ache. I will not go back into Pool 1. It's going to be difficult to schedule a workout this weekend. We have lots of yardwork planned this weekend. I need to prepare pretzel dough for Sunday. (The kids at church will be making pretzels. It's a Lenten tradition.) We lose an hour of sleep Saturday night. And because of the weather, I've suggested the Hubs and I drive out to Palouse Falls State Park after church so he can take pictures. Our mountains got tons of snow last weekend, then it rained a few days later, and it's warm. Lots of melting snow = amazing waterfalls down river. And here is a picture of Palouse Falls: www.flickr.com/photos/lindarb21/6274
293160/ This is NOT my picture. Palouse Falls is 196' tall. And amazing!
The drive with the Hubs is important because we don't get enough one-on-one time anymore with our separate commutes. When you're stuck in a car for a 90-minute drive, you talk. I'm looking forward to that. It may not improve my cardiovascular health, but it will be good for my heart.
On Saturday, we're going to try to move a bunch of sprinkler heads (first priority, because the irrigation water is turned on April 1st) and hopefully dig a trench along the west side of our property. We have some bamboo that will start to run in the next few years, and it can grow a foot a day at the height of its growth season. That's not fair to our neighbors, and we also don't want it taking over our yard. We're also putting the trench in the front yard to block the runners from the same neighbors' aspen tree. Fences may make good neighbors, but there's something to be said for a buried barrier.
So tonight I will get home and try to get some housework done so that it doesn't get away from me this weekend. Digging up the sprinkler heads is pretty easy, so I can do that without husband input. I may let him got pick up the trencher by himself while I run to the gym for a swim.
I still haven't gone for a walk at lunch.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
I went to work yesterday. I went home within an hour. I was just weary and head-achy. There was nothing that required immediate attention, so I saw no reason to "tough it out." I ended up sleeping through most of the day, much to the delight of the Empress Dowager (Spike, our 10-year old cat).
I'm still keeping my diet simple, and I have to eat very slowly. I'm still on my first (and probably only) cup of coffee. I had a cup of coffee Sunday morning, and it was too much for my still-tender belly. The headache may be related to caffeine withdrawal.
I'm thirsty, but I can't guzzle. I have to sip slowly. I'll never catch up. To make it worse, my blood pressure is high enough that I should take a diuretic to bring it down; that may make me thirstier. (On the plus side, my body fat percentage went down overnight, so I'm at least a little better hydrated than I was yesterday.)
I made two pancakes, but I don't think I can the second one. Sunday, I ingested about 500 calories. Yesterday I made it to 1400. I can't keep this up, but at least I'm not doing anything to tax my body. I'd intended to ride my bike home today, but even I'm not so stubborn as to risk that.
I figure I'll start with something simple, like a walk at lunch. It's already warmer outside than it was all day yesterday (it's a little after 7 a.m. as I write this). The forecast for later in the week includes a high temp of 60F. Maybe that will be a good time to start riding again.
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