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Friday, May 17, 2013

emoticon I'm sure we have this shared experience. Years from now, we, the traumatized will be stressing over this first world problem (please see the tongue in the cheek here). Imagine! Getting home from your workout and NOT being about to log in, record it, or bubble all over your Spark Friends by blogging about it? The sky is falling!

In some years past, this might have been an excuse for a binge (didn't need much of an excuse, but trying to control the world is hard work, and definitely binge worthy). emoticon

But last night? I just kind of kicked in the general philosophy... doing is more important than writing about doing... finished out my day with supper, my snack, and a calming bit of TV, drifting off to sleep.

But I'm up early with the blog I wanted to write dancing in my head like visions of sugar plums! emoticon Because you see, I had one of those little a-hah moments I only seem to experience mid-workout.

Which workout, you might ask? And what a-hah? emoticon Well, yesterday I blogged about my training plan, and yesterday called for a swim workout. The details of the swim workout said I was to do "bilateral breathing drills". And, being me, and liking to keep Polly Perfectionist at least semi-mollified (Polly mollified, there's an image for you)... I attempted it. It said "breathe every third stroke, to practice breathing on both sides".

I had tried this on an earlier swim, and it was soooo awkward when I would try to breathe on the "off" side. But I had already got to the point where I know I can do the distance... might as well work on form! I started to pay attention to how my body was positioned on the "easy" side, and observe what I was doing with my body when it was time to take a breath on the "other" side.

What I found was that when I'm breathing with my head to the left, I am practically in side stroke position, but when I was trying to breathe with my head to the right, my body didn't want to roll that far to the side, so my neck was in an awkward position and my head popping straight up, rather than turning naturally.

So I started to try to mimic what I was doing on the easy side, on the other side. Amazingly, with a little practice (I had 1000 yards to play with, might as well try it for several lengths)... it got easier. You CAN teach an old fish new tricks. emoticon

AND, amazing (a-hah!) I had more oxygen to swim with. AND, amazingly, I finished the 1000 yards a couple of minutes faster! Form counts.

One of the things I love about triathlon is that it keeps me young... encourages me to try new things... to work on something different with each training cycle.

So, yes, in real life, I was pretty bubbly after that workout. And now, a few hours later than maybe originally intended... I share the bubbles with y'all! LIFE is good, and SPARK is back up... time to smile and Spark a great day!

Because YOU, my friends, are worth it! emoticon
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    I never knew how to do bilateral breathing. (I've always called it rotary breathing. I think I made it up. I like your word better.) So when I took lessons last year, it was one of the first things I learned. It made all the difference. As you figured out, you can't have good form if you don't do it right. My coach told me over and over that to swim straight and efficiently, you have to have good rotation. "Think like a corkscrew" she'd say.
    1855 days ago
    What you did exactly corresponds to what my coach told me to do to improve my stroke. Smart you. You didn't even pay someone to tell you, you figured it out yourself. Got to say, though, that this old fish really hasn't learned the new tricks. I've pretty much decided not to push the swimming because there are so many forms of exercise I love, and swimming isn't one of them. I did, however, swim yesterday because I'm rehabbing. So, I'll keep swimming in the repertoire, but I don't imagine competing in the water. Admire you greatly, though!! -Marsha
    1856 days ago
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    1857 days ago
    can't imagine how you feel ! I can't get the smile off my face for you.
    Life is great
    1857 days ago
    Loved that - very encouraging, one is never to old to learn!
    1857 days ago
    Sounds like you're not only athlete, but coach! WTG!
    1857 days ago
    I missed Spark last night, but I still stayed on track. Funny how much I have come to depend on the trackers.
    1857 days ago
  • DALID414
    I was in a panic after work over SP being down, too. And yes, the binge demon tried to get me, but I napped instead (can't worry in my sleep!).
    1857 days ago
  • LEWILL1982
    I have a 500 meter ocean swim for Never Quit this weekend...I guess now is not the time to practice the bilateral breathing...oops! Great aha's and work outs. I am just now catching up from Wednesday sparking, being away from a computer all day and yesterday's sparking since it was down. I feel so out of the loop, ohh, the trials and tribulations of it all, haha.
    1857 days ago
    Great blog about reminding us about good form and breathing, no matter what we are doing. emoticon
    1857 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for saving your Bubbles and sharing them!! Being Sparkless is Difficult, but you used the Tools you have earned with Sparking and Training and still had a Bubble-Worthy Day!!
    1857 days ago
    Yes I had a bit of a spark meltdown but then I used the time to get on the treadmill so it was probably a better deal all around.!
    1857 days ago
    Very cool! You are a great athlete - paying attention and working to improve your form! This is going to be a great race for you
    1858 days ago
    WooHOooooOOOOOoooo for that "Mollified Polly"! LOL

    As for SP being down yesterday . . . oh boy! Took a while to get use to being "Sparkless" but here we are living to tell about it, eh!

    1858 days ago
    Good for you! I used to love the water, but I never learned to swim efficiently enough to go far without wearing myself out (wish I could find an adult swim coach for a few lessons). Also, I never learned flip turns. How did you learn?
    1858 days ago
    Yay! You are so right that form counts. I competed in swimming in high school and even small improvements in form can have a big impact. As my coach used to say, stop pushing water!! She meant that the better you can get the water to slip past you rather than to push it in front of you, the faster you will go and the easier it will be. Look at the other swimmers and you will see very clearly who is pushing water.

    Well done!
    1858 days ago
    Thanks for sharing the bubbles! Love the ah ha moments during a workout. Congrats on your improvement.

    I too was slightly devasted when I saw that SP was down. I used that as an excuse to skip the upper body ST I had planned.

    I snapped myself out of that, googled upper body strength training and found SP videos on you tube! I got my ST done.

    Spark on baby!

    1858 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I agree about Spark being down but I spend too much time on it anyway and keep cutting back so I really didn't mind...I had done everything earlier thankfully.

    Have a great weekend!
    1858 days ago
  • _LINDA
    emoticon Fantastic! You go girl! Here is to picking up your swimming part of the race!
    I was quite disappointed at missing tracking my final workout and food, something that hasn't happened since my one vacation when I had no internet for a week in all the years since I joined Sparkpeople. I actually got some work done instead :P
    1858 days ago
    I LOVE yu sharing your w emoticon orkouts with us--inspires me!--Keep it up Barb!--Lynda
    1858 days ago
    Finding the Spark site down was a bummer but we all had the same problem. You made the most of your workout and learned something new in the process. Way to go and continued success! HUGS!
    1858 days ago
    I, too, felt a loss upon discovering yesterday evening that SP was down -- even though I was not planning to blog.

    Congrats on improving your swim-breathing form, and on participating in a triathlon!
    1858 days ago
    The trick is not to breathe out all the way when our face is in the water....let the oxygen out slowly in order to be taking in a breathe on the first stroke when your head is out of the water. Keep practicing as it will be come habit.
    1858 days ago
    Awesome! So happy to hear of your breakthrough! Yay!
    1858 days ago
    Bilateral breathing - so that's what it's called. Nice work! Practice makes perfect as they say.

    I only learned to swim at age 28, but the open water swimming of a triathlon scares me. I admire anyone with the guts to do that.
    1858 days ago
    Go girl, GO!
    Having an attitude of gratitude.
    1858 days ago
    Great workout, keep the kid in you alive and kicking!!
    Great blog, have a fantastic weekend!
    1858 days ago
    Gotta love those thing that keep you young!! Thank you for the blog and enjoy your day today!
    1858 days ago
    Sounds like you had a great work out.. keep up the good work. and have a wonderful day...
    1858 days ago
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