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Wow, Is July Really Almost Over? July 31, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective, Running, Swimming.
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Training for this week has mostly been pretty lame. After almost killing myself on Saturday, I went for a swim in Del Valle lake when I was up their with my family. It was really refreshing and felt so nice since Del Valle is a nice, warm lake.

Monday was a rest day and Tuesday was just me being the laziest mofo ever. On Wednesday I went for a run and today is a bike, then short run day. Tomorrow is a swim. I haven’t swam in a week but I’m not too worried. Next week I’ll be swimming more and this weekend we have another aquatic park swim practice (yuck!)

I’m noticing that my knees hurt a lot more these days. I don’t know if it’s because I’m fat or if its because I’m old. Or maybe it’s because I’m fat and old? At any rate, they hurt and I don’t know what to do because two out of the three sports in the Tri involve lots of knee bending. *sigh* getting old sucks


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!

Training Update July 7, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective, Running, Swimming, Team in Training.
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Last Monday = Rest Day

Last Tuesday = Swam 2000 meters or something. I was swimming at Rossi and it’s 100 ft because it was built back in the day when America was all about America and ridiculous measurements.

Last Wednesday = Swam 2000 meters in a real pool. Had to tell someone to get out of my lane because they were swimming on the wrong side of the lane and were all in all, way too slow. Some people need to figure it out! After work, I had my second track workout of the season which was a timed 2 mile run. I ran at around 8:30 something for the first mile and close to that for the second as I came in around 17:40 for both. I am a slow runner so to hit around an 8:30/8:40ish pace for the miles is a monumental achievement. I haven’t had a good pace since my old cross country days when I was a spry young thing. Back then, I had to walk to school, uphill both ways in the snow so I was able to keep a 7:30 pace for miles. Ahh to be young… now that I’m old and only 3 years away from 30, I think an 8:30 pace isn’t too bad. I also burned 800 calories for the entire workout! w00t!

Last Thursday = Biked 19 miles with the boyfriend. He and I are doing the Healdsburg Harvest Century on the weekend of the 19th so we both needed to get some biking in. It’s a metric so it’s only 60 miles and if the Cinderella ride taught me anything it’s that I can bike 60 miles even if I’m not in biking shape. I just won’t be able to walk afterwards. On the plus, I’m in better shape overall going into this ride than the Cinderella so thank you team in training. Woo hoo! Burned around 840 calories.

Last Friday = swam like 100 feet up the Russian River, turned around and came back. There were too many drunk people out paddling around in metal canoes. I decided that I’d like to maintain consciousness and not drown in the river on the 4th of July so instead I waded around in the river and tempted the doggie to swim out further than she was.

Saturday = rest day

Sunday = Ride 21 miles. It was hot and it was a good ride. We kept a good pace and I burned 857 calories. Too bad I ate like a billion calories when I got home cos I had a huge bowl of pasta. Oh wells.

Today is a swim day, followed by a bike day tomorrow, followed by another swim & track workout day, followed by a swim, then a run, then finally a rest day (cos I have to go to the stupid dentist) then another team in training workout. I’m going to rock this tri!

Finally, for those of you who haven’t donated but would still like to, please click on that link that says “Putting the FUN in Fundraising!” Any donation helps and I really appreciate it! As do the survivors and the people fighting blood cancers 🙂

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

Mermaid Tri Recap June 16, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective, Pain, Running, Swimming.

This past Saturday, I participated in the Mermaid Women’s Triathlon in Fremont, CA. It was a 400 meter swim, 11 mile bike ride, and a 2.5 mile run. It’s a great little sprint tri with an easy course and a good vibe. My official time was 1:18 compared to 1:31 from last year so go me!

The Swim: The swim went really well and was a great warm up. I believe that I was either second or third out of the water for the For Fun division and I did it in 8.27 minutes. The water wasn’t too cold and I didn’t get kicked or swum over so that is always a plus.

Transition One: My slowest transition. Aside from the fact that you have to run up a grass hill (in your swim suit I might add) you have to dry off, and if your me, you have to do a deck change and put on your bike shorts and top and shoes while still wet. I swam with my sports bra under my suit to try and cut down on time but it didn’t help all that much. My first transition took me 6.06 minutes and because of that, I’m seriously considering purchasing a tri-suit for when I do the Pac Grove tri.

The Bike: When I got on my bike I was chilly and a bit worried about how it was going to go since I made the brave decision to clip in (I fall over because sometimes I can’t un-clip in time). However, when I started peddaling, I felt really good. I kept a pace of about 17 to 18 MPH during the whole course (it was a nice flat 3 loop course) and completed the bike and my second transition in 38.89 minutes (they lump the two together for some reason…) I could have gone faster I think but I had some serious doubts about the run and didn’t want to blow out my legs. I haven’t been running and I was pretty sure that I would suck hard core. The bright side was that I didn’t fall over! woo hoo!

The Run: Going into the tri, the run was what worried me the most. I was afraid I’d die and that I’d have to walk the whole thing and that I’d probably crap my pants because that’s how running makes me feel. Instead, I got off the bike, took off my bike shoes, slipped on my running shoes and grabbed my hat, and began the run. I felt like crap for the first part of the run and everything hurt but I was possessed and felt that I NEEDED to keep running so I did. Fortunately I hit some sort of delirious runners high because I kept going despite the fact that I was in a lot of pain. I ended up running the whole way which made me very proud of myself and I finished strong (despite the fact that the finish is along the beach and is SO HARD).

All in all, a successful tri! I’ll see if I can post pics when they send them out to us. It made feel positive about the upcoming Pac Grove tri with Team in Training and I felt pretty strong overall.

Guess Who Also Got New Goggles? June 9, 2008

Posted by K in K's Perspective, Swimming.
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but didn’t get to use them today… me!

I went swimming during my lunch today but had to lend my new goggles to my swim buddy as she had forgotten hers and I wanted to wear my darker ones because it was nice and sunny out. In addition to working on my tan, I swam 2000 meters:

500 Warm Up (300 Free, 100 back, 100 breast)

5×200 on 4 minutes, alternating 200 Free, 200 IM

200 Back – alternating 50 kick, 50 swim

200 Breast – alternating 50 kick, 50 swim

100 warm down

TOTAL: 2000 Meters/Yards

Overall, I felt really out of shape in the pool and I am SLOW. I’m just glad that I swam.

I’m eating my lunch and for the record, all Luna bars seem to taste the same to me…

Guess who got new goggles?? June 7, 2008

Posted by t in Swimming.
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With baby number 2 coming any minute now I’ve decided not to commit to any races yet this summer.  I know my working out will probably be limited to lunch breaks, and who knows if I’ll have the energy to do that.  To motivate myself I bought new goggles to try to get back into swimming shape a little.  Today was my first real day in the water and I did 1000 yards.

200 warmup

10×50’s with 15 sec rest, odd ones hard

100 kick (I have no kick board, I need one)

100 hard into and out of the turns

100 warmdown

Not much, but it’s a start.

Lap Swim Ettiquette (i.e. how to not piss off K if you are swimming with her) May 21, 2008

Posted by K in Swimming.

I’m double posting today to make up for the lack of activity lately. In commenting on T’s latest post, it made me think of lap swimming and the things other swimmers do that really piss me off. For the benefit of the tons of people who read this blog (heh!), I thought I’d put together some simple lap swimming rules that are non-negotiable:

  • Swim in the lane that matches your speed – If you cannot continuously swim 100 yards/meters at the fast speed, do not swim in the fast lane. Nothing is more aggravating than having to constantly navigate around the egotistical male swimmer (and it’s totally ALWAYS a dude) who sprints for a lap, then rests at the wall after each lap just trying to “beat me” (obviously excluding those who are actually doing sprints as part of their workout). Get over yourself and swim in the lane that most accurately matches your swim speed for continuous swimming. And REALLY – don’t get in the fast lane because the medium or slow lane already have a swimmer or two. I HATE that.
  • Understand what circling and splitting means – Splitting a lane with two people means you have your side and I have mine. Stay on your goddamn side. Circling when there are three or more swimmers means that you circle swim (i.e. up the pool on the right hand side and down the pool on the left hand side – possibly backwards in the UK, I’m not really sure). When you circle, be aware of your other swimmers and be prepared to push off the wall on the correct side. I hate when we’re circling and I’m coming into the wall and some idiot is pushing off the wall on the wrong side of the lane!!!
  • Understand the signals of lap swim – There are signals to indicate to other swimmers what you want. Usually, a circling motion means “let’s circle swim” and a foot tap means that someone wants to pass you. Be aware of those.
  • Passing – It’s inevitable that you may need to pass other swimmers or they may need to pass you. PAY ATTENTION to the people in your lane, move over if they are trying to pass you, DO NOT speed up only to get in their way at the wall. On the flip side, be courteous to those that you are trying to pass, give them enough space as there’s really no need to swim over them.
  • Use the equipment properly – Learn how to use the equipment and what it’s for before using it. A pull buoy is for pulling. You put it between your legs so it keeps your legs afloat, leaving you to focus on your stroke and build up strength in your legs. A kick board is for kicking, it keeps your torso afloat so that you can practice on kicking and build leg strength. I don’t need to be kicked by some dope using a pull buoy and trying to kick at the same time, thankyouverymuch
  • Wear the proper suit – I know you may have money and may think that you need the fancy suit but you know what? If you’re a lap swimmer, chances are you don’t so get over yourself, wear a suit that gets the lap swim job done and move on. I don’t care that you’re wearing the fancy new TYR suit, I’m probably still faster than you (ahem, guyintheendlanethatiseeeverydayIswim…) Also ladies, lap swim is not a place for the string bikini. They make workout bikins that are much better for your swimming needs.
  • Don’t be a know-it-all – Nothing bugs me more than some doofus lap swimmer who thinks they know everything there is to know about swimming and wants to time me and inform me of my time. I can track my own time using the pace clock. I started swimming competitive at age 11 and though I’m not nearly as fast as I used to be (I peaked at 14 :-(, I think it’s clear that I know what I’m doing. Which brings me to my final point…
  • Don’t talk to swimmers who look angry – I have a short amount of time to swim during my lunch break and I want to maximize that time. I come to the pool to swim and though it may look as if I’m resting because I’m not swimming, I’m most likely watching the clock for my send off. Don’t engage me in conversation unless there is a reason we need to talk. And yes, I do look angry when I swim. I work hard at my swim workout and I don’t want to be interrupted. Swim time is not a chat time for me.

At the end of the day, I just want to get in, do my workout, so if fellow lap swimmers could just figure it out, life would be all that much better for me in the pool.

Just Call Me Ms. Lazy April 30, 2008

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(or Ms. Sluggy)
I went swimming today for the first time this week and I only swam 1600 meters. I didn’t have my swim buddy with me and I was hungry so I just wanted to swim at least 1500 and then get out of the pool and go eat lunch. I don’t know how I think I’m going to survive all the triathlons I have planned and do the open water mile swim if I don’t get my butt in gear at the pool. I guess at least I’m getting a bit of a tan?

My set:

300 Free warm up

100 back (50 kick, 50 swim)

100 Breast (50 kick, 50 swim)

5×200 (Alternating between 200 Free, 200 IM)

100 back warm down (50 kick, 50 swim)

TOTAL = 1600 yards/meters

Guess it’s better than nothing but I still feel pretty pathetic

We Be Needin’ April 21, 2008

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to get back to training! Yikes!

I haven’t been doing much lately and feel pretty bad for being so lame. I did go on a ride this past weekend and we did 21 miles. I’m participating in our company Bike to Work Day this week and will ride 36 miles round trip on the day that I ride so that’s exciting. I’m also about to start swimming and running again in preparation for the tris that I plan to do.

The only other thing to report is that I have a new favorite set of songs to run to:

  • 4 Minutes – Justin Timberlake, Madonna, and Timbaland
  • I Turn my Camera On – Spoon
  • A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins
  • SOS – Rihanna
  • Don’t Stop the Music – Rihanna
  • Outta My Head – Ashlee Simpson

(Don’t make fun of me for that last one, that song is really catchy and I already get mad at myself for liking it)

Edited: Added swim workout:

500, 400, 300, 200, 100 Free (use the 500 as a warm-up, swim the rest on a pace)

2×200 IMs

1×100 Free warm down

TOTAL = 2000 meters (or yards)