Monday, February 28, 2011

Behind again on posts.

Here I am catching things up.  Friday I swam another mile, which put the week's total at 3 miles.  My swimming stroke has definitely improved.

So today I got to the pool and busted off 2,000 yards in about 45 minutes.  I know I'm going to swim 3 times this week, but I'm not sure what my goal is for the week.  At a minimum, it's going to be 6,000 yards for the week.  Just think I should step it up a bit before I started my tri-training program.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A little behind on posts

So, last week I closed it out with 1400 yards in the pool at my usual pace.  This week I opened it up with a mile in the pool.  That was a great accomplishment.  Back in the pool today, I swam the mile in 40 minutes.  I was pretty pleased with the pace.  Outside of my warm up and cool down activities, I was able to manage sub minute laps consistently without feeling gassed.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Squeezed in a run

Rachael went to the gym before work, so I went with her.  I was thinking I wanted to swim, but instead decided to squeeze in a run.  It was a nice 3.25 miles.  Although, as I write this morning I'm noticing some tenderness in the side of my knee.  Guess I may have pushed things a little far on the run.

Week #9 Swim #2 2/16/11

Another 1400 today, today's swim was much better than Monday's swim.  I was able to end the workout portion with another 200 yards of really strong laps.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Week #9 Swim #1 2/14/11

Got to the pool and it was packed.  I was going either have to wait for a lane or share one with someone else.  Wouldn't you know it, the guy I may have insulated last week was more than happy to share his lane with me.

I think I need to review the swimming DVD again, because my body wasn't quite as happy to swim last night as others.  I swam 1400 yards last night in about 34 minutes.  I would like the pace to have been a bit faster, but it will do for that distance.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Week #8 Swim #3 2/11/11 Man Trip Prep

Decided that I needed to get to the pool one more time this week before the man trip.  It was another great night of swimming.  Using some of the concepts in the swimming DVD I watched this week has really helped.  I actually had enough left in the tank to do 4 all out laps at the end before my cool down.  I'm actually enjoying swimming now.  I wish I had time to go today before I left for the weekend.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Week #8 Swim #2

Great swim tonight.  I watched an instructional swimming video last night.  Wow, what a difference it has made so far.  Not sure how long it took me to swim my 1250 tonight, but it was about a half hour.  The tweaks to my swimming stroke made it so I can swim way more relaxed with much less effort.  I did however step it up on my last two laps before my cool down to race some old dude in his Speedo.  He didn't know we were racing.  Probably if he did, he would have crushed me.  Anyway, it was good to have someone to pace with.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Week #8 Swim #1, Mildly offensive comment

Down to my last four weeks of swim training before I start full on triathlon training.  Tonight was pretty uneventful as far as swimming went.  1200 yards in 32 minutes.

On to the mildly offensive comment.  Dude in the lane next to me, had to be pushing 300 lbs., says to me, "I don't know how you swim non-stop like that.  I'm sucking wind by the time I get to the end of the pool".  I replied that I don't swim non-stop, and that I take small breaks between laps.  I also said that it's been a gradual build up and that I've only been swimming since mid-November.  He said him as well, but that he had a 100 lbs on me.  I replied with, "yeah, just a couple.".  I really meant to say "Yeah, just a couple pounds".  He didn't seem offended by the comment, but it so could have been taken the wrong way. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Week #7 Swim #2 2/3/11

Not a bad swim tonight, 1,000 yards in 26 minutes.  I'm past the 1/2 mile mark on my swims, which takes care of a lot of my concern about being able to swim that distance.  Last night the doubt was creeping in as to my stamina and being able to swim that far and then go bike and run.  I know I will be fine, and will achieve my goal.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Week #7 Swim #1 1/31/11

Tonight's swim was a jump from the 800's I was swimming last week to 1,000 yards.  It was a lot of swimming, but after completing this swim I've got the confidence to complete the swim portion of the triathlon.  The only other thing of mention was the nice "vurp" I had about 2/3's of the way through my laps.  I hope I didn't leave any residue behind in the pool.

Week #6 Swim #2 & #3 1/26 and 1/28

These two swims were fairly uneventful at 800 yards a piece.  I do remember with both swims wondering how I was going to complete a 1/2 mile swim for the triathlon.  That nagging doubt that I will be ready to swim that far in a race just keeps popping up.