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Some blogs are crazy creative...some are just a training journal, y'know?


Thursday, December 06, 2012

Big day for me, people. Rolled outta bed at 5:30am because THIS was going to be THE day.

Upstairs: Suit on, teeth brushed, contacts in, hair pulled back.
Downstairs: filled water bottle, grabbed gym bag, hopped in the car.
In Car: Fueled with caffeinated gel chews, gulped water.
Locker Room: Clothes off, towel on shoulder, grabbed goggles.

In the Pool:

One full hour of swimming with a break in between the first and second set of 20 lengths (500m) and between the second and third set of 20. Those energy gels made such a huge difference in my energy levels. I had no issues with my body until the final 5 minutes, when my foot suddenly cramped and I had to do backstroke with one leg kicking for half a length. Once I reached the end of the lane, though, it had worked itself out and I was fine for the last few minutes.

This was a great lesson for me, as I've never had anything like a cramp while swimming in the past. It was good for me to have to figure out what to do in that situation (better than on race day!). The cramp was so bad, I could not move my foot or leg at all or it would make it worse.

Other than this cramp, my body felt pretty amazing this morning. I had no stomach issues, no excessive thirst and no pain. In total, I finished 70 lengths in one hour, which works out to 1750m or 1.08 miles. SOOOO close to Half Ironman distance!!!! WOW! It was a great workout and I do not feel like I overdid it. Actually, hoping to repeat it tomorrow!

One side effect I've noticed after some delay...I was surprised to find that my legs are very achy (you know how they feel when they are just very tired?) It was a little shocking to me because I generally swim with everything in my upper body (in a triathlon race, you want to save your legs for the bike after the swim). I was not aware that my legs were playing such a big part in my swims. I will have to watch that from here on out. I think I do tend to kick more when I am getting tired...to subconsciously take pressure off of my arms and shoulders. I could definitely feel the burn in my shoulders this morning. It was wonderful!

I've still got spinning tonight after work. Yikes! That ought to be fun for my already tired legs. Then, weight lifting while my daughter is in martial arts later. Think I'll take it easy there, though. Pretty big day.

I am pretty sure I'm going to sleep GREAT tonight!!!!
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LRSILVER 12/18/2012 8:42AM

    What a great workout. It is important to listen to your body. If you hurt yourself, you won't be able to keep working out.
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RUNNERRACHEL 12/8/2012 10:12AM

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SENIORSWIMMER 12/8/2012 8:18AM

    Eating a banana a day takes care of the leg cramps.

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COLETTEISGREAT 12/8/2012 6:03AM

    YAY!! This is awesome!

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KBRADFORD88 12/7/2012 12:44PM

    Be sure you are taking magnesium. You are working out differently than you ever have, This can cause lots of legs and ache and tired stuff. Be sure to work in rest days

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ONELUCKYSUSAN 12/7/2012 12:42PM

    Woweee! You are a real rock star and I am so impressed with your enthusiasm, your diligence, your goal of a half marathon! Good job! And a big THANK YOU for the inspiration!

Yes, caffeinated energy chews? Sounds like something I could really use! Any particular brand or just at the local health food or nutrition store?

Keep sparkling! emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 12/7/2012 9:28AM

    Ack! You go girl!!

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NUOVAELLE 12/7/2012 1:54AM

    Wow! I'm impressed!!! Where do you get all that energy from? Swimming, spinning and weight training in the same day? I'm exhausted just by the thought!
You should be super proud of yourself and your fitness achievements!
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CM_GARDNER78 12/6/2012 9:43PM

    That is awesome!!! Keep it up!! You've got some major focus going on there, girl!

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KALANTHA 12/6/2012 9:14PM

    OMG!!! I'm exhausted just reading your blog!!!

You're doing great!! Congratulations on your amazing swim!

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JMARIES51 12/6/2012 9:02PM

    You are awesome!

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KIPPER15 12/6/2012 8:55PM

    emoticon Don't burn yourself out. Take care of you. emoticon

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KAYATLANTA2010 12/6/2012 8:00PM

    GREAT workout, lady!
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PEGGYO 12/6/2012 7:52PM

    Wow you are really progressing

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LINDAK25 12/6/2012 7:37PM

    Wow, that is a whole lot of training!

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/6/2012 6:18PM

    You're an animal!! Sounds like you're on your way.
Great lesson learned.
So, no Mr Brute today. good deal!

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CHARTHESTAR 12/6/2012 5:43PM

    I don't think there is any question that you will have a good nights rest tonight.
WOW. Keep up the good work.

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BRAVELUTE 12/6/2012 5:38PM

    Okay, so you need to explain caffeinated gel chews. What are they? Why do you chew them?

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DIANNEMT 12/6/2012 5:34PM

    TRaining for the Iron man takes a crazy amount of time. Good luck!

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KARENLEIGH32 12/6/2012 5:29PM

    That's amazing!

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ISABELLE31 12/6/2012 5:04PM

    Good for you! I'm exhausted just reading about your workout!

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REMEMBER2BME 12/6/2012 4:17PM

    Pretty big day? YIKES! Sounds like a totally full day. Great job but take care of you too! Again, great job!!!!

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CAGMUAHFO2 12/6/2012 4:13PM

    Look at you!!! You are doing emoticon

You are super motivated and dedicated!!!!

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DJSHIP46 12/6/2012 3:55PM

    You are doing GREAT and it sounds like you know it, which is perfect!!!

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BABAOF4 12/6/2012 3:46PM

  Impressive. It seems like you have studied and learned how your body works and responds . You are being a good steward of God's creation . Keep it up.

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HFAYE81 12/6/2012 3:43PM

    Woo hoo! You've got it going on!

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IRONBLOSSOM 12/6/2012 3:42PM

    GREAT workout! I can't believe you swim with contacts in! That was one thing that kept me from swimming for a long time, they were such a pain.

You go get 'em at spinning and st tonight! :-)

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KATRMOSS 12/6/2012 3:41PM

    omgosh what a great accomplishment today...wish I lived close to a gym...the closest one around me is about 40 mins away.

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JSTETSER 12/6/2012 3:38PM

    Go girl go!
You motivate me!


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JUNEAU2010 12/6/2012 3:35PM

    I'll bet you're walking on air with that euphoric feeling! AWESOME day for you!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/6/2012 3:32PM

    I'm proud of you! You rock. That was a great workout.

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