Friday, June 05, 2009
Yes, thank you very much, camp is OVERRRRRRRRRRRR.
I was going to try the ST today at the Aquatic Center, but um.. forgot to get DH to fill out that form last night. OOPS! So I said I'd do it at home... but by the time I got home every muscle in my body was screaming NO DON'T DO IT!!! I helped move both launch boats AND both rowing boats today and I think I'm always on the side of the boat that gets heavier because I'm tall... the area down to the dock is sloped and part of it is a funky angle to a straight part -- so they have tall people head down the hill first/up the hill last so that we don't pull the boat up so high that all the shorties can't reach it. Anyway -- that also means that our part of the boat is always the one angled DOWN the hill... so I think the weight transfers back to us a lot. I could be wrong!!! But it seems like it makes sense, right? Either way, those boats are heavy. I will definitely be rocking those shoulder presses to help out with holding it over head going up and down the dock. The hardest part is to try to keep the angle good for the shorties we're often holding it in kind of a middle position -- with arms somewhat bent, not 90 degrees but not straight either. DH was checking out my biceps last night so maybe it's already working? HAHAHA
ANYWAY -- sad news - I looked at my HRM today and one of the side buttons was cracked. :( WAH! and then a piece fell off to the unknown somewhere!
So.... Polar HRMs are under warranty for 2 years - but you have to have your original purchase receipt. I'm PRETTY sure I saved that with the box, but when I looked for the box this morning I couldn't find it. GRRR!!! WHERE IS IT?!? I asked DH if he could maybe look for it today if he gets a chance. We have a closet FULL of empty boxes for things and I'm sure it must be in there somewhere...
Has anyone every sent their HRM to be serviced??? I'm so sad to be without it for a while!!! But while I still have it, it functions, I just don't want to just keep using it broken if I can get it fixed under warranty -- and I'm concerned about the waterproofing/resistance.
My weekend is TOTALLY packed:
Saturday: Work, SparkRally (YAY!!!!! It's the first and we're making Vision collages!), gonna do my 5miler TODAY, then dinner w/ DH's professor and friend
Sunday: Church, 2 miler, go see The Hangover at some point, 4PM ROWING!, Healthy Meal night.
And then Sunday night is the night I will get to SLEEP IN!!!!!!!!!! :D
Actually tonight I'll be getting an extra hour of sleep compared to the rest of this week, and then Sunday even if I get up early to run my 2miles before leaving for church I can sleep like... 3 more hours before getting up than I have been. I'm so looking forward to catching up a bit!
Thursday, June 04, 2009
One more day of waking up at 5AM to go rowing this week... and the best thing is I don't have to go run afterward! :D hahaha.
I am going to go get my Aquatic Center membership that morning and hopefully go ahead and use their weight room to get in that full body ST workout instead of doing a video at home. WOOT.
Today we learned "Feathering" in the Learn to Row Camp. THIS was the BEST EVER. Basically holding your oar blade in a "feather" position is the blade flat (parallel to the water) and "square" is with the blade perpendicular. The idea is that while we need the blade square to stroke, we don't need it dragging square through the air, so we feather it right after pulling it from the water and then keep it that way until smoothly transitioning from a "feathered" to a "square" position as we slide forward in the seat, so that our blade is squared right before we set it in the water for the drive.
And it wasn't too hard to learn! I had a few brain fart moments this morning that I KNOW were due to a lack of sleep...(like once I randomly had the oar turned the total opposite direction -- really have no idea how that happened, but all I could do was look at it and be like... something's wrong -- this was when I was about to start rowing and they were like, Other way! and I just kept looking at the oar like ... WHICH other way? I'm conFUSED. hahaha) but otherwise it went really well. We had a new cox that was very involved and informative, suggesting corrections to all rowers during practice -- I guess some people might not really love that, but I thought it was GREAT. I think she only really spoke to me a few times, but it was good because instead of the more general feedback we usually are getting from the coach, I knew she was talking to ME and it wasn't anything crazy so I was able to fix it right away.
So... I tried to go get my Aquatic Center Membership today, but it was a total debacle. Essentially I was given major misinformation, including "wasting" an hour to wait for people in the main office to "be there" when they actually WERE there to begin with. OOPS front desk people... But long story short it's going to cost thirty-ONE dollars instead of thirty (what?) for me AND my hubby (or $54 for me alone?) yeah. Weird.
But in my hour of "wasting" time, I actually got in a KILLER run, so it's all good. :) I ran almost 3 miles in 33:30 including the first five minutes being walking. I didn't do a real tempo run on Tuesday, stuck to an easy run, so I was due one, and today was supposed to be 2 miles but I was a bit short on mileage Tuesday also, so I just used this time to kick butt and I had ample time to cool down and stretch - yay.
Saturday: TOTALLY TUSCALOOSA SP RALLY to make Vision Collages!!! :D I have to work in the morning... 2 mile run also.
ALSO -- Something interesting. This morning I got home and I was just like DANG my stomach looks big today -- so I measured my waist and it was up like 2 inches from normal. I said screw this bloated nonsense and took my nap and after my nap it was back down. I can't wait to get my regular sleep!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
I really need to start turning my HRM for Rowing now that we're getting to do a bit more. BUT! I didn't today so I just have info for my run and Pilates ON THE BALL! haha. More on that in a bit.
So ROWING CAMP!!! We did a cool training drill called "Reverse Pick" in which you work your way through the stroke step by step starting from the Drive. Previously we had worked starting from the release - to arms only, then arms and back, then arms back and legs... Well today, we started in the catch position (knees up body leaning forward, arms straight pushing the oar out), and first did legs only, maintaining body and arm position, then legs and back (maintaining straight arms), and then incorporating the arms. I dunno why but I liked this a LOT better...
ANYWAY -- more full stroke rowing today and whatnot. Our coach was giving a lot of corrections comments while we were out though, and I really wasn't sure because most of it was when we were rowing Stern 4 if it was being prompted by ME or not. So I was feeling a little unsure of myself until after practice when I talked to the coach and cox and they said I was doing great and the cox said it wasn't me, and when I asked the coach for feedback he hesitated to tell me because the comment was regarding something we hadn't really discussed and it was a correction on my finishing position. WOOT. I know I'm not doing everything else perfect yet, but at least I'm doing well enough that there are no major concerns. :)
Then I picked up a few groceries and headed out for my 2 miler today.
THEN I came home and did a NEW workout....
So... I'm undecided. I'm going to try it again and try to do some of the sections I skipped today, but mostly I really liked it!!! :D There was some TOUGH STUFF. It really incorporated different parts of the body as well. Very interesting. I checked it out from the Library and there is a DVD workout, but the book goes through everything in great detail so you don't have to rely on a brief description while the video demonstrates.
So far it's hard for me to feel how my new program is working because I've been pretty worn out most of the time -- I KNOW I am DEFINITELY not getting enough sleep. I do feel that once the rowing goes to the regular schedule I will be able to get used to doing THAT, as opposed to the current wake up every day at 5AM, rowing club till 7:30ish, then run/ST/both, come home or do an errand, shower, nap for like 1-2hours, get up, eat, go to work, come home, cook, eat, get to bed around midnight or later and REPEAT.
If this was going to be a long term plan for me, I would change it. FOR SURE. It is not feasible to maintain this type of a schedule for me for long. Maybe I would try to keep it and just try to go to bed as soon as I get home instead of eating dinner and unwinding from work first before cutting anything else out, but SOMETHING would have to give.
As it is, I just remind myself that this is the last week for this schedule and push on. :)
I found out today that we will not be rowing next week -- our coaches will be gone and they don't want to risk having a bunch of newbies out on the river in an uncoached boat, but some vets will probably go out. I'm thinking maybe I can get signed up in the Aquatic Center by then and at least erg next week so I can retain some of the muscle memory I'm starting to build for rowing -- but the good news is I DON'T HAVE TO WAKE UP AT 5AM OR EARLIER NEXT WEEK! YAY!!!! :D hhahaha. 6/14 will be a meetup to talk about the summer time and then we will get to row that day, too - yay. So that will be the next time after this week that I'm able to get out and row.
I'd also like to say that although I have been very sore and tired, my runs have been going ok! :D They feel mentally a bit tough because I just want to skip it and go to bed or something, but physically they've been ok! I've been keeping my HR below 165, mostly close to or below 155, and I'm faster than I used to be at that HR! Still super slow, don't get me wrong -- but we're talking 13min miles versus 15-15:30.
I guess that is enough for now. :)
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