Saturday, January 9, 2010

One more to go...

I have one more workout to go this week. A nice bike ride outside tomorrow. It will be time to try out the new legwarmers. I have no idea what lies in store for me next week, but I am sure it will be fun. Not to mention the fact I have a few days off from work, so easier to schedule my work outs.

Yesterday was my first brick. It was a short affair, 45 min. on the trainer followed by a 15 min run off the bike. My legs felt interesting when I got off to run. I don't have another word to describe that feeling yet. I still had to do a combination of running and walking to stay in my HR zones, but I did it. There were some glitches as I am not quite used to programming my Garmin yet in terms of work outs, repeats, etc. But I am getting better. I do love that watch. I received my cadence monitor for my bike, so need to get my mechanic *ahem* husband, to help me out on that one. Maybe if I hand him the monitor and a beer at the same time...

Today was a swim. The only time the pool was open was at 9am. I worked last night (extra shift) so I just decided to stay awake and get the swim done. Sitting in my truck, waiting for them to open, it was all I could do not to stand at the windows chanting "open, open, open" like the lady in that old Mervyn's commercial. A little girl got into the lane next to me and I realized I had been her swim teacher 3+ years ago. It always feels good to see a former student, who is now doing year-round, club swimming. Warms the heart. She didn't remember me =).

There was a lot of backstroke in today's swim. Did I mention I was never a backstroker? My mom used to have to shut her eyes when I would compete in anything that had backstroke in it. I was so happy when I got fast in breaststroke because I found I didn't have to train much backstroke any more. My age-group coach once stood at the end of my lane and told me I had the ugliest backstroke he'd ever seen. He didn't see fit to fix it at that point, since my specialty was breaststroke. I know it's good for me, especially since my alternative of recovery breaststroke is not the best for someone who is trying to learn to run without killing her knees. I know how to swim it correctly now too (after I realized what it meant to "over-reach"). But just because it's good for me doesn't mean I have to like it =). Recovery butterfly anyone?

Okay that's all for now. It's time to sit back, watch some hockey, and have a well deserved glass of wine!!


  1. Nice job on your week of training..and working!
    And enjoy the wine! It just gets better, I still remember my first bricks and now i dont even think twice about it..Good job:)!

  2. You made it through a big week!! Way to go!!!!!!

    Hope you are catching up on rest - enjoy the days off :)

  3. Glad you've got some days off ahead of you.
    Night shift and right to the pool afterwards, wow.

    Butterfly for recovery? I thought this was the one where you need the most strength for? I saw someone doing a kind of backbutterfly yesterday, looked interesting! Like praying backwards.

  4. I am just teasing. My butterfly is just that much better than my backstroke, and I am good at doing what my coaches used to refer to as "survival butterfly". You are right, you need a lot of upper body strength for that stroke.