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I bruised my ego in the pool

Friday, June 28, 2013

Ow. ow. ow.

One of the things that irks me is my endurance during the forward crawl, I usually end up doing back stroke during a portion of my swim. My next "race" is a swim across the Hudson River as a goal to address the weakness.

The workout sounded so simple in the book. 10! laps - ! is factorial -that means 10x9x8x7x6... So early yesterday morning I hit the pool, its a big 25m pool. The goal is not speed, but endurance. The 1st set is out crawl, backstroke on the return - 10 times. I decided this wasnt "pushing it" enough. So for the next 2 sets I do 2 lengths crawl 1 recovery backstroke. 9 times. 1 min rest. then 8 times. then 1 min rest. Check the time - so I do a 5 lap set and call it 50 min in the pool. I have to get back home so Dh can go to work and support us in the style to which we have become accustomed. (You know, with food in the fridge)

In the pool, I feel good and tired. At home the fatigue starts to set in. My limbs are trembling and I get thru my squats and calf raises before realizing that I'm being an idiot and will do it later. (See recent "Friends" blog for details on what I was supposed to do)

Child and I go for a ride on the rail trail (4 miles + flat + Child speed = easy) I dont count this as exercise, more like a "cool down cartilage massage"

Before dinner, I try to mow, but half way thru the mower conks out. After dinner I get my dips done, but I'm too tired for anything else.

Now....everything hurts. I'm sore from the swimming and I think the calf raises, but its hard to separate one hurt from another. and my poor ego is bruised too. I'm in pretty good shape and have been doing alot of running which is more strenuous (I thought) than swimming. I wasnt going for speed in the pool so I really feel that this soreness is unfair.

Grump, grump.

Clearly I need to spend more time in the pool. Today is biking day so I hope to work this lactic acid out. More stretching too. And I need to finish my lunges and triceps work.

My poor-poor bruised ego....

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    OH man! Hope you're feeling better now, love! :)
    1719 days ago
  • MISSG180
    You may feel bruised, but I feel impressed!
    1723 days ago
    Gee, that's a lot of swimming!
    1723 days ago
    Umm... wow. I've been out of touch clearly, but it sounds like you are now capable of kicking my butt all over the place. Your workouts sound insane, and I'm so impressed!!! I'm sorry you are sore, but that is always a good sign of change. Feel well, and kick it some more tomorrow!
    1723 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    At Chaley's prodding I did the math - total distance = 1600m which is just about 1 mile. I still hurt.
    1723 days ago
    That is more swimming than I have done in the last 6 months. I am totally impressed! Even if the bike ride doesn't seem like "exercise" you are still moving. It sounds like you were going all day. Sounds like fun to me!
    1724 days ago
    Congrats on the awesome workout!!

    Now excuse me for a minute while I be a mathematician!
    10! = 10x9x8x7x6x5x4x3x2x1 = 3,628,800 laps which is a few more than you did

    Need another name for the 10, then 9, then 8, ... workouts

    Also, I wondered what you do for a warmup? Surely you don't start with 10 laps straight at the beginning?

    Love ya, and keep swimming!
    1724 days ago
    Bruised ego? I read this in complete awe! What you did in a single day makes my week look totally wimpy. Swimming is such hard work (at least it is for me!). Cut yourself some slack and realize that you're a rock star!
    1724 days ago
    ummmm, you worked out all day long! Even if some of it was easy recovery. It's still moving. And swimming wipes me out. Maybe it's because I'm more used to running that I recover more easily. But I swear, after 1 mile in the pool, I feel like I ran 10.
    (That swim workout sounds fun! And hard!)
    1724 days ago
    You are amazing and should be very proud of yourself. That was a ton of exercise and you worked on something you were not used to. Terrific.

    Be happy with what you've accomplished, it is a lot.
    1724 days ago
    A bruised ego? OMG! Look at how much you accomplished! There is no shame in feeling the muscle fatigue that comes from this type of workout. You did an amazing job! Once upon a time I knew how it felt to have accomplished this type of workout, but I am not there right now. Still working through a "pop" in my back last week, but I hope to increase my intensity again soon. You are amazing! Keep listening to your body. It is a wonderful gift.

    1724 days ago
    Imagine a Darth Vader voice: Impressive!

    Rest is important, too... may the cycling help get past the sore.
    1724 days ago
    Swimming uses different muscles than running which is why runners use swimming for cross training.

    As far as being sore after your swim... OMG! I'd be carried out on a stretcher if that were me. Explain to me how you are worried about endurance? I like a nice little breather at the end of 100m, never mind 1000m!

    If we are doing a tri together this year, I have found my fear motivator - it is you in the water. Not that you would hurt me physically, but my pride will be absolutely slaughtered by your swimming prowess.

    1724 days ago
    Looks like it's a good time to get some rest before resuming your activities!

    All that being said......

    emoticon (when you're good and ready)!

    1724 days ago
    Good Luck!
    1724 days ago
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