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Back in the Game March 11, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective, Swimming, Workout.
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Well I’m glad to report that even though I was a sloth at the end of last week, I’m back in the game. I went for a 17.5 mile ride on Saturday morning and then walked all around the mall searching for new shoes and undies. And dude, shopping totally burns calories! How else do you explain the general sense of fatigue and dislike of people that one gets from trying to shop at San Francisco’s most popular mall on a bright, sunny Saturday? It’s definitely not the fact that people are generally stupid and get in your way and annoy you and make you tired and angry. It’s definitely all that calorie burning.

Anyhoo, I spent yesterday walking around at the dog park being mosquito fodder. Then I rode my bike down to get dinner and go see a show and then rode home. I swam 2000 meters today and did the following set:

300 Free warm up

100 back

100 breast

5 x 200 Alternating between 200 free, 200 IM

200 back swim

100 breast swim

100 kick (I mixed it up)

100 warm down

Woo hoo! I think I even got a bit of a tan. Next up here on We Be Training, I’m going to take a picture of my bike and talk about gear. I don’t know very much about biking gear but I’m all knowledgable and stuff about swim gear. I’ll tell you what I like so you can buy me motivational presents if you so choose.

Out of Shape February 29, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective, Swimming, Workout.
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Well I rode 12 miles yesterday and realized just how out of biking shape I am. I got a late start and it was getting dark so though I wanted to go a little bit further, I figured it was best to end my ride a little earlier and  get back. On the plus, I burned 600 calories and I was able to unclip without falling over yesterday so for me, that is a small victory!

I’m going swimming today during lunch and it will be the first time back in the pool since November. I don’t like swimming when it’s cold out so I haven’t gone all winter. It’s supposed to be a nice sunny 67 degrees today so I’ll be heading over to the pool at 12 to get in a quick swim. Since I know I’m going to be disgustingly out of swim shape, I’m shooting for as close to 2,000 meters as I can get in an hour. I’m planning on doing the following set:

  • 500 Warm up (300 Free, 100 back swim, 100 back kick)
  • 5 x 200 Free on a good pace (based on how fast I can swim my first day back, most likely a 1:45 pace for a meter pool)
  • 8×50 IM (50 Fly Drill, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Free – repeat, on 1:10)
  • 100 Warm Down
  • Total =  200o Meters

I think I should be able to pull that off this afternoon and if not, I’ll forgo the 50’s.  The nice thing about having swum competitively from age 11 to 19 means that I swam a whole lot as a young’un. In fact, over the summers when I was in 8th, 9th and 10th grade, the team coach wanted us to get in at least 10,000 yards 3 times a week. Lucky me, I’d wake up early on my summer vacation three times a week, go swim for an hour (we’d do 3,200 meters usually in the am cos I was faster back then), then swim for two hours in the afternoon where we’d get in at least 6,000 yards or more. Suffice it to say, I swam a lot for a while and had no life except for swim team friends. I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be an Olympic swimmer or anything because they swim way more than I did as just a mediocre swimmer.

Anyhoo, my point is that because I swam so much as an angsty teen, I will forever be able to swim. I may not be fast but I can get into a pool and swim a 2k meter/yard workout like it’s nothing. And at lap swim, I’ll bet that I’m faster (even out of shape) than 75% of the swimmers there (mostly because you’re average lap swimmer is clueless and sucks – sorry to anyone who is an average lap swimmer). So, hopefully my swim today will be much more encouraging than my crummy bike ride (and will be a lot less painful).