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I Feel Like a Penguin July 14, 2008

Posted by K in Gross, K's Perspective, Running, Swimming, Team in Training.
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My wet suit makes me feel like a penguin. A stumpy, chubby penguin with flailing arms. At least it helped me stay warm while swimming in Aquatic Park.

So Sunday, we swam in Aquatic Park to test out our suits and to get experience swimming in the open water. As a swimmer, I’ve done my share of open water swimming except it’s all been in lakes and rivers. The sad thing is that even though I knew that the Bay water would be salty from the Ocean, I didn’t really expect HOW salty it would be! When we started swimming, I freaked out a bit from the salty taste in my mouth (apparently, I also didn’t realize how much water I get in my mouth while swimming…ew). After swimming, we went for a run and I only did the 3 mile run because my shins and IT bands were hurting.

After a workout, I reflected on swimming in a wet suit. The pros include staying warm and being more floaty. The cons include being restricted and feeling slightly claustrophobic and penguin-esque. I think wet suits are really made for skinny people. Putting it on is a difficult task but at least taking it off isn’t too bad.

I bought my first-ever tri-kit this weekend. It’s made by De Soto and it’s a two piece one which was very important to me. I figure I’ll wear the shorts and my sports bra under my wet suit for the actual tri and then just throw on the top when I get out. I’ll be able to use it for Tri Girl Tri and the Catalina Tri this year as well so definitely worth the $$.

Final things worth mentioning today:

1) Fundraising is still going, please donate today via the link that says “putting the FUN in Fundraising!”

2) Healdsburg Harvest Century on Saturday with the BF. should be interesting as I’m once again sure of my untimely demise via bike.

Update: I went for a swim during lunch and I swam 2200 meters today. I think I’m finally at a point where things are going to get better for me for my workouts! I got in the pool, felt good, and swam a good pace! My workout:

1000 meters warm up

200, 300, 200, 300, 200 broken down as follows:

200 Free and I hit a 3:15 pace

300 alternating 25 fly, 25 free for the first 100, 25 back, 25 free for the second 100, and 25 breast, 25 free for the last 100

200 Free and I hit a 3:15 pace AGAIN! woo hoo!

300 alternating 50 fly, 50 free for the first 100, 100 back for the second, 50 breast, 50 free for the third

200 warm-down pace and I hit a 3:30!!!

I’m FINALLY getting faster/better!

Lazy-pants June 25, 2008

Posted by K in Gross, K's Perspective, Running, Swimming, Team in Training.
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Lazy pants strikes again!

No swimming today but I do have a team in training track workout this afternoon. According to the schedule it looks as if we’ll be running 400m repeats or something.

I’ll update this post with the calories after the workout but I did want to share that the crack scale read 165 this am so take that for what you will. Who knows if it’s too high, too low. I guess my scale is making weight loss fun?

p.s. no swimming = greasy hair for me today until I shower later on tonight. Gross

My Version of Training in Texas June 14, 2008

Posted by M in Feelin' Good, Gross, M's Perspective, Pain.
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Yesterday I joined three friends for tubing fun in New Braunfels.  For those not familiar with tubing, you basically lay on an innertube and float down a river.  “This is what Texans do for fun?”  Well, you take a cooler of beer and get to lay out in the wonderful Texan sun all day with your friends and try not to die; I think that’s pretty awesome.  The plan was to take the four hour Guadalupe float, which I’ve never been on, but an hour into it, I was over it.  I got caught in the wrong current, busted my left toe on a tree while trying to avoid slamming into it, and got stuck in the rapids.  I decided to get out for a bit and told the rest of the gang I would walk down stream and meet them in a less hectic area.  Biggest mistake ever.

The thing with the Guadalupe is that there isn’t a trail following the river, it’s all private property that you’re not supposed to walk through.  I didn’t know this.  I got out of the river and tried to find the trail but soon realized I was on someone’s property and tried to make a quick exit before I was found trespassing and got shot.  In Texas we shoot first and then ask questions, which was a mentality I used to support until I became a possible target.  So I hiked through some undeveloped area for about a half hour, in a bikini, flip flops and carrying my huge innertube, before I came up to a fence.  It was a four foot tall fence made out of oak that I was able to crawl through without getting splinters.  Yay me!  I walked down a country road, still carrying my tube, still exposed in my bikini, for about a half mile before I went ahead and admitted I was completely lost.  At this point I decided to screw joining them on the river and my main objective was to go back to the launch site, pick up the car, and drive down to the pick up point.

As I said before, it’s all private property and the road I was walking on was a good three miles from the launch site, which wouldn’t have been a problem if I weren’t wearing a bikini and it weren’t 100 degrees outside.  I needed cover, fast.  I walked the half mile back to the houses I had walked through, rang some random person’s doorbell and asked for directions to the launch site.  Yes, in Texas a sweaty girl in a bikini and flip flops can just go and ring a doorbell asking for directions, and the owners will not blink an eye and be very polite.  This is why I love living here.  Anyway, I was told to walk down the road where I would come up to a fence that I could jump over and it would take me to the launch site.  I walked to the fence and saw that they had forgotten to mention it was EIGHT FEET TALL.   I threw my innertube over and began the five minute process of climbing over the fence.   A scraped shin and lots of curse words later, I was over the fence.

I finally got to the launch site, got the car, and hauled ass to the pick up site because at that point all I wanted to do was lay on the hot grass and die.  My whole adventure took about an hour and even though it was extremely frustrating and I got a killer sunburn, I found solace in the fact that I could say I did my training for the day.  And that’s how we do it in Texas!

Bikey McGee March 5, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, Gross, K's Perspective.
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I went for a ride yesterday after work. We did 16 miles and it took us just over an hour. I felt pretty good overall and probably could have ridden longer but once again we started too late and had to end the ride early because it got dark too fast. I really can’t wait for the longer hours of daylight so I have time to do a longer ride after work.

In other semi-disgusting news, I had plans to go for a swim today during lunch but got pulled into a meeting at the last minute. Per my usual MO on swim days, I didn’t shower in the am because I don’t want my hair to get dried out. Well now I’m in the realm of the exact opposite. Since I didn’t get to swim, it means that I didn’t get to shower and now I feel like a gigantic greaseball in my cube. I am totally gross and I can’t wait till I get home and can actually take a shower. Yuck!