Sunday, June 08, 2014
My really big news today is that before I left for Wichita Friday, I swam 1 mile. First time in almost 20 years! It was trudgery. Very slow. It took me 57:39. I used to be able to swim a mile in about 48 minutes. My goal was to be able to swim a mile by Sept. 1.
1 mile is NOT going to be my standard workout for quite awhile. It's just nice to know that I can do it. Right now my standard workout is 1100-1200 meters. Here is the way it breaks down:
Warm up swim,200 meters. 1st 25 meters swim the length of the pool with no breath. Recover. Swim 75 meters taking a breath every stroke. Swim 100 meters breathing every stroke.
Kick 150 meters. 1st 50 moderate, 2nd 50 at 80% (My quads start talking to me. A little out of breath.), 25 meters all out. (My quads are screaming at me. Panting.) 25 meters recovery, kick no splash.
Stretch legs and back.
Pull 150 meters. You put a pull buoy between your legs and only use your arms to swim. It increases arm strength. Alternate breathing every 2 1/2 strokes for 100 meters. Alternate breathing every 1 1/2 strokes for 50 meters.
Swim 400 meters. That's a quarter mile. I am not a fast swimmer, but I do try to squeeze a little speed work in here. I would like to be faster. Sometimes I do it in 100 meter chunks, but most of the time I alternate 50 meters of hard swimming with 50 meters of recovery.
100 - 200 meters of backstroke. After all these years swimming my backstroke is still awful. I still can't do a back flip turn. I am working on this. One of the high school swimming coaches is helping me. This part of the workout is not especially cardio. It's skill building and enduring a lot of water up the nose.
25-50 meters breast stroke. This begins cool down.
50 meters sidestroke. 25 meters on the left side, and 25 meters on the right.
Entire workout takes 37-41 minutes.
I have been doing this four times a week for about 6 weeks now. I am beginning to feel my muscles. My arms especially. My legs look the smallest they have in a long time. I am feeling great.
The scale still isn't budging. I am to the point I am ambivalent about it. I am enjoying everything else in my life so much more. Most days I don't feel fat anymore. The doctors are happy. I have kept some of my smaller clothes from years ago for motivation. There are a few things I can almost get into. Just 10 more pounds would do it. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, a Goodwill shopper is going to have some cute things for cheap.
Today I am taking my oboe to Wichita Band and trading it in for a clarinet. I am so excited. NO MORE REED MAKING. The emotional part of this day will be talking to the oboe teacher at Wichita State. She is such a sweetheart. She will be disappointed I'm giving up. I want her to take my reed making kit and parcel it out to students in need. 30 years ago I was one of those students in need.
Tonight I think we're going to the Y to work out. What a treat. I haven't decided if I am going to swim or lift weights. The workout will be a first. I met Chris in 1994. We have never worked out together.
Thank you, Spark People.