Friday, April 11, 2008
Still pretty crappy. But hey, I'm getting better! The goggles SERIOUSLY made a difference in my comfort level with getting my face in the water. It's going to take time to get more used to it and used to breathing properly, but today was markedly better than Tuesday as far as that's concerned, so I'm really very happy and optimistic about the swimming thing.
I was SO SORE when I woke up this morning though!!! Those chest excercises I did yesterday really worked me!!! Other parts are sore, too, but that is the MOST. I started to feel the burn also when swimming today -- woohoo!! :D I spent about 25 minutes in the pool, and I'm estimating about 5-8 minutes of that for the breaks I took. HAHAHA. :)
I can't make it from one end of the pool to the other without stopping yet, but I only had to stop like once during a length today most of the time. I'm not even sure how long the pool is (I think it might be kinda short...).
Also, my boss said he thinks it'd probably be ok for me to practice with my silent mute for about 30min on my lunch break in one of the training rooms or something, so YAY for that. I will try to start doing that next week.
The success I had when swimming this morning really energized me!!! And apparently no one really uses that pool very much. I was the only one there up until about the last 5 minutes. That man was a MUCH better swimmer than me. He was a middle aged dude, but he rocked it.
I figure once I get this breathing thing down, then I'll work on the other stuff.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
OK, so maybe that's not entirely true -- but I'm pretty bad. I realized I have a problem with breathing and putting my face in the water -- which causes me to awkwardly arch my head up and whatnot instead of getting a nice straight line in the water.
BUT!! That's why I'm doing this -- to learn how to do it right and then to get decently ok at it. (I'm not sure if I'll get GOOD at it, but decently ok is what I'm going for right now. One step at a time...)
The pool was NOT crowded!! YAY!! There was one old man in the pool of the four lap lanes. And the lifeguard girl was really nice because I totally had to go to her and was like" OK so I've never swum in a lap pool before and I'm a really bad swimmer and I have no idea what I'm doing, do I just put my stuff anywhere?? EEK! I'm nervous!!! I'm doing this so I can start training for a triathlon BLAHBLAH, ok thanks!" Yeah. Apparently I get diarreah of the mouth when I'm nervous, but she was really nice and was like, you don't even have to swim laps if you don't want to, and you can use one of those (pointing towards some kickboards and crap) to work on kicking if you want to and yadda yadda.
So I felt sufficiently less nervous enough to get in the pool and then start my own crazy version of swimming. Let me tell you -- I am SO SLOW. But I think it has a lot to do with the head above water issue. After reading all day before going about proper form and whatnot, I realized I was really putting myself at a disadvantage.
I tried standing at the end of the pool and putting my face in, exhaling, pulling my face out, breathing, repeat... for a few times, and then when I was swimming I did it a couple of times, but most of the time I was holding my head up. I also practiced kicking on my back to kinda get my straight kick motion going on.
I get the feeling it's going to take me QUITE A WHILE until I'm comfortable with that whole thing, and then to build up the endurance to swim for 20min straight (which is the base level suggested before starting the traithlon training program). I stayed in the pool for a grand total of about 20 minutes I think... but it was DEFINITELY not continuous swimming. I stopped a lot (mainly because my neck and back would get tired from holding my head up -- see what a problem this is???), and also to regroup to try the face underwater approach again.
I'm going to get some goggles one of these days, because I think it might up my comfort level with going face under.
NOW!!! As for TODAY!!! I ran for 20 min, and biked for 18. Would have liked to bike for longer, but I was under a time crunch to get to work.
I had to kinda switch up the order of stuff this week to get started since I didn't get going till Tuesday, and Tuesday's supposed to be an off day. Which means... I'm supposed to be running again tomorrow. It's supposed to be Run 20 min tomorrow, Swim on Friday, be off Saturday, and Bike Sunday.
I think instead, I'm going to take tomorrow off and trade the Run to my off day on Saturday so that I can not run on back to back days. I think that's a good idea. Then I'll be on track to get on the pre-training program as it's described.
ALSO. Check out my ticker. :D Or my signature, not sure if my ticker is rounding up or not.... anyway. 179.6. :D MY FIRST TIME BELOW 180!!! And hopefully I don't go above 180 again, except on random high fluctuations over the next week or two, but on official weigh-in day (of Wednesday after a good night's sleep), NO MORE 180's. That's my goal.
Dinner last night was SOOOO GOOD.
I put some Southwest Chipotle Mrs. Dash on some tilapia filets and cooked those in a skillet, had a side of Quinoa Black Bean Salad, and topped the filet with Newman's Mango Salsa and 1/4 of an avocado. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.
I couldn't get over how good it was. :D Will definitely be doing that again!!! And I highly recommend it!! It was very filling.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
I kept thinking my gym bag seemed too small....
turns out I left my running shoes at home!!! WAH!!!
So I guess it's 100% focus on swimming today. :P
Monday, April 07, 2008
Well, good question!
But I have a plan. :)
My plan is to follow a triathlon training program to really challenge myself to work on my running and really learn how to swim properly and be good at it. Swimming seems like such a great workout -- it does burn a fair amount of calories, but also the muscles it works are intriguing to me! I'd love to really get my back/arm/shoulder area looking GREAT. :D
And I've been focusing on different areas and changing things up, and it seems like a good idea to be rotating between a few different types of excercise with a set plan.
I also intend to cross train with some yoga, maybe a bit of arc trainer, and the dance classes at the rec center.
AND I HAVE A BATHING SUIT NOW.
I searched online for a picture, but couldn't find one!! Which is odd, because I got it at Old Navy, but they don't have it on their site.
It's the one I tried on before but was too short -- well, I went back and they had it in the next size up this time and I tried it... and it fit!!! :D The elastic is a teeny tiny bit loose in the back over the butt area, but considering how every other swimsuit I tried was.... I love it. :D hahahaha. It's basically a monokini kinda -- not too far cut in on the sides, but completely backless down to about the bikini bottom level in the back. The top is halter style with a ruffle on the inner neckline part, and the straps are spaghetti straps that cris cross over the shoulder blade area and attach to the side through loops then tie straight across at about BRA line.
If that makes sense.
I was feeling kinda hesitant about getting it because it's so revealing in the back, and then I was looking at my thighs and how awful they were looking. But then I was like, DANA! Your thighs will show in any swimsuit, get OVER IT. And your back looks good. So don't be scared. DO IT.
So I did.
And then I got home and I modeled it for my DH and he was not really saying much, just making me turn around a few times and I was like, oh man does it look horrible?!?!? And his comment is, it might be TOO sexy.
HAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAHAA OH MAN.
What a relief. And also what a shock. But hey! I have a swimsuit!!! :D And I'm gonna start swimming!!! I'm so excited!! I've been planning to do this triathlon training regimen for a while, but got sidetracked with other things (not to mention the absence of a swimsuit).
OH OK! So the plan!
The plan STARTS with the picture above -- this is to get my swimming and biking up to a good base level before starting the real TRAINING part of it. The link I included goes to beginnertriathlete.com which has a ton of resources -- some free, some not -- for triathlete type people. The training programs for the Sprint level triathlon (~.5 mile swim, ~3mile run, ~12 mile biking) range from 13-20 weeks, so it will be a long haul, but I think definitely worth it.
There are a couple triathlons around the time I'd finish training, but I don't know if I'll really be ready then or not. I guess we'll just have to see. There's one on August 9th that looks really great. It's $50.00 to register, though... that's in addition to doing a one day membership of the USAT for $10 or a year for $39.00. :P Looks like triathlons around here are a bit expensive. I found a couple more for the $50-$65 range, ONE for $13 (?) and one for $35. So maybe I could do one of those -- less pressure anyway. HAHAHAA.
SO!!! That's my plan.
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