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NOT the crappiest swimmer known to man!

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.

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CATIATM 4/12/2008 12:10AM

    I'm with Kim - you are a giggle!

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KIMCATUS 4/11/2008 5:50PM

    "I figure once I get this breathing thing down, then I'll work on the other stuff. "

ROFL!! I'm sorry, that bit just cracked me UP!!!

Good luck with the swimming...one thing I can't do...but I figure if God wanted me to swim he'd have given me gills and fins! :P

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SARAH_VW 4/11/2008 4:11PM

    You're right, there's no way you can be the crappiest swimmer known to man because I am. I would absolutely love to do a triathlon, but the swimming part is what stops me.

Way to go! Sounds like you're making awesome progress.

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BROOKELISE 4/11/2008 3:56PM

    Dana, you can do it! Just make sure to take those baby steps.

Swimming, once you're used to it, is such a rewarding exercise. I always find that it calms me. It gives me time to think and concentrate on what I'm doing.

I read an article about walking meditation yesterday, but I think I do swimming meditation. I focus on each movement and follow through with it. I'm a hughe swimming nut and any time you need encouragement you let me know!

WTG! You're well on your way to becoming a emoticon

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RUTHIEBABY1 4/11/2008 3:33PM

    i have an irrational fear of natural bodies of water, and i'm not a very strong swimmer, but i've got a friend who likes to work out in the pool.

this is not something i've ever done, so i had been thinking of challenging myself with it. it might be really good for me, and use some muscles i'm not using.

first i've got to find a bathing suit that i dont feel all mushy in. lol!

sounds like you are diving in head first (pun intended) :)

you are inspiring me to reach beyond my comfort level, i think i might look for a swimming suit again tonight.



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Strength Training FEELS GOOD.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I often forget this -- when I slack. And then when I do it again I just feel so POWERFUL. It's an incredible feeling!! :D

Today I did:

One Set:
Lunges w/ Hammer Curls
Sumo Squats w/ Triceps Extensions
Pike Crunches
Modified Pushups
Military Shoulder Press Prone on Body Ball

Two Sets:
Dumbbell Presses on Body Ball
Dumbbell Flys on Body Ball w/ Crunches

I don't remember... but yeah!!! :D

It felt good. Tomorrow is swimming.

ALSO -- I practiced my trombone this morning. :D It was wonderful!!! Well, maybe the sound of it wasn't that wonderful except toward the end, but it was wonderful to be playing.

Due to my new work schedule, I am actually able to attend the local Community Band rehearsals, and I thought I missed the season but I got an email the other day about their "Patriotic Concert" in a few weeks. Rehearsals the next two Mondays, and then dress rehearsal and concert the Monday after that.

I am very excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I might actually start practicing trombone at work during my lunch break. This is something I'm still thinking about, but I'd love to be able to do this.

My left shoulder was REALLY feeling it from holding up my trombone!! It's been WAY too long since I've been playing regularly.

P.S. -- My DH is picking up some goggles for me right now! :D YAY!

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METHUSELAHRUNS 4/11/2008 11:17AM

  So you are ALLOWED to practice the trombone at work during your lunch hour? LOL!! That would be great! :):)

Kepp up the awesome work! I love the pic of you in a dress!! emoticon

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KELLZIE 4/11/2008 8:46AM

    I wish I could go swimming with you. That sounds like so much fun. I need to get back on my strength training.

My son plays the tuba. He will be in marching band at school next year when he starts high school. Sadly, I never learned to play a musical instrument. I would love to learn the guitar and piano though.

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JARDIZZLE* 4/10/2008 8:58PM

    I LOVE strength training! I agree - you just feel so powerful after it, and you really notice how hard your body work the next day lol. Great results though. Keep it up!!

xox Jardan

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MARLIE13 4/10/2008 7:20PM

    Ooh you can practice your breathing for swimming while you play!

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LANC92 4/10/2008 3:57PM

    Aye yi yi, this is where we part ways my dear... no matter how much I try, I just don't like strength training. It's something i do because I know I should (sort of like taking a vitamin) but liking it and feeling good? I don't think so - but I'm glad you do!

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I am the crappiest swimmer known to man.

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.

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TRECECOOKS 4/10/2008 6:43PM

    Congrats on the ticker!!!

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MARLIE13 4/10/2008 9:12AM

    Oh goodness, this was funny to read. Yup, definitely not the crappiest swimmer out there. I've got one wicked doggy paddle! You're scaring me with all of this. I know I've told you already, but you're making me want to figure out the whole swimming thing. Dang you! lol...but you are my guinea pig here. You can figure out the kinks for me. You like that arrangement? ;o) Congrats again on being in the 170s. Here's to you getting a comfortable distance away from the 80s and that you won't even see it when you fluctuate!

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MRSZIZ 4/10/2008 6:32AM

    Who wants to compete for world's worst swimmer? I'm in, I suck at swimming. I too have the same face in the water and breathing issue. I just can't breathe and swim at the same time. It's like rubbing my stomach and patting my head at the same time, I can't do it! I should be tough like you and try it. I'm PROUD of you that you are facing your fear and doing it because I'm not even doing htat!

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AKASHA66 4/10/2008 4:41AM

    You can't be the crappiest swimmer in the world because I am. I pretty much gave up on it and have become a master of treading water. You still get good exercise, kind of like how they exercise horses, you can do it with a friend and have conversations, if you do it really well, you don't even have to get your hair wet....

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/10/2008 1:34AM

    the goggles will definitely help. that was what i was going to suggest until you mentioned it. i hate putting my face in the water and goggles are the only way to go for me. you can't be the worst swimmer or you would have drown!

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MILLER32807 4/9/2008 3:45PM

    Congrats on the scales. I don't swim well either, and I usually keep my head above water. I actually took an intermediate swimming class in college (12 years ago...ahhhhhh) and I was bad about not rotating my head out of the water far enough, so when I tried to inhale I'd suck in water too. That kinda messed me up and caused me to be scared of sticking my head in the water. Not to mention, I need to learn to hold my breath for longer periods of time... there was an old man that went half the length of the pool, then took a breath, then finished. How the h3ll? lol

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BRUIN2 4/9/2008 3:30PM


I'm so proud of you for going so out of your comfort zone at the pool!! Maybe you can ask the lifeguard for some tips next time - often lifeguards will be lesson teachers too and if it's not too busy they may be more than happy to give you some pointers on breathing!!


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CATIATM 4/9/2008 3:24PM

    At 6'2, I bet you cut a beautiful line in the water ... I mean once you put your silly head into the water instead of larking about!
;-p CONGRATS on conquering the scale! You've got it WHIPPED! *whipah!*

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    Had to laugh at the whole head in the water thing. I have huge issues with swimming in the proper form-I can't stand to have my face in the water! So I raise my head while I swim (which I rarely do, to be honest!) and turn my head from side to side. Not effective, but it keeps my face out of the water!!

I'm anxious to try that Quinoa Black Bean salad. One of these days soon!

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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

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MISS_BETH12 4/9/2008 10:25AM

    Awww that sucks! :(

I just wanted to tell you that I think you are doing awesome! Keep up the great work!


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    I forgot something pretty important today too, but the day is almost over and nobody died, so it can't have been that bad :)

Sorry you forgot your shoes, at least you had a backup plan!

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MARLIE13 4/8/2008 6:14PM

    So far, the worst thing I forgot was my sports bra. lol! So swimming it was then? loL!

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LANC92 4/8/2008 3:42PM

    Actually, this gave me a laugh. I can't tell you how many times I've forgotten one thing or another - socks, sports bra, hair tie. Some forgotten things are worse than others!

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So what now?

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.


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.


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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MARLIE13 4/8/2008 6:17PM

    Shoot...now you're making me think that I need to find a pool around here somewhere. lol! You are so awesome! I'm just totally motivated by you. How freakin' cute...your hubby's response to your swimsuit. You keep this up...I'm so excited for you!

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    You ROCK. Enough said.

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AKASHA66 4/8/2008 3:20PM

    Remember, I'm in France, sexy in swimsuits may be a bit different here! But even if you are only wearing half a swimsuit, slutty is no good. Ha! But I'm certain that you didn't go too far. Husbands aren't always the best judges.....

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AKASHA66 4/8/2008 3:13AM

    swimsuit sounds great--there is no too sexy--don't worry about that! The triathalon sounds hard, I had trouble just spelling it there, but a great thign to work up to.

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CATIATM 4/7/2008 11:08PM

    So DH thinks you might be looking "too" sexy in your swimsuit. ... I love it!

A triathalon? You so rock!

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KIMCATUS 4/7/2008 10:00PM

    Holy freaking supergirl...a triathlon??? Woah. That is seriously amazing!!! I know you will do just as well with this as in all your other endeavors...keep us updated!!

And congrats on the sexy bathing suit! Way to go!! Don't be surprised if hubby shows up with a terry cloth cover up for you to wear! Hee hee!!

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BRUIN2 4/7/2008 5:02PM

    This is crazy exciting!!! Show off that hot bod - you've worked hard!!

Can't wait to hear how the training goes!!

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