Just keep swimming

Managed to actually make it to the pool today.  Go me!

Since I do two pool workouts a week, I try to make Tuesday’s (or Wednesday’s, in this case) an endurance workout while Thursday’s is a team swim filled with painful drills.

By that, I mean that on the first workout of the week, I just try to swim without stopping.  I aim to hit 1600 meters (32 laps), and so far this year, that’s been working.  I’m still fairly slow.  Today, that took me 50 minutes.  But I stopped more often than I would like because I was lazy.  And also because I’m easily distracted.  I have considered getting headphones for in the pool, but on some level, it’s good to be able to just put my head down and swim.  Much better preparation for races, I think.

I’d like to get that 1600 under 45 minutes, and I think it’s very possible if I just focus.  But it would be nice to do it without thinking.  I’ll get there.  I just need to keep working at it.  I’m also doing my best to balance my heart rate issues with swimming.  After all, if my HR gets too high while running, I can stop.  Not an option while swimming.  That said, I could swim faster.  I’m just being a little lazy about it.

I do enjoy the swim workout though.  It’s nice to be using my upper body for once!

Hectic

With the holiday, I’m only in the office two days before I head to Florida for the Princess Glass Slipper Challenge.

It’s a little bit busy here, to say the least.  But a lunch break is as good of a time as any to blog, right?

I have to admit, I’m still pretty burnt out on running.  I just can’t get my groove back.  So I’m very much not looking forward to the races.  The trip, seeing friends, sure.  The actual running of 19.3 miles… not so much.

I do think part of the issue is my shoes.  Though I have less than 70 miles on them, my Brooks Adrenalines just aren’t lasting me the way they used to.  The soles are already very visibly worn, and I can feel the difference in my joints.  It’s frustrating – I’ve worn Brooks shoes for years, but I don’t feel like the quality is what it used to be.  And I’m not the first person to think this.  So I’m going to do some research and see what’s out there.  I think I’m going to try Hokas for distance running, but will likely consider something else for shorter distances.

Biking and swimming is going much better.  Well, save for today.  Tuesday morning is swim morning.  I set the alarm for 5:15.  I hit the snooze once, then after a minute or so, rolled over and turned off the alarm.  And it was after 6:20.  Apparently that wasn’t just one snooze.  Guess I didn’t sleep well after all.  So I’ll flip flop Tuesday and Wednesday’s workouts.  Probably for the best.  I leave early Thursday, so if I get my Wednesday workout done in the morning, I still have the evening for all that last minute packing, etc.

As for work… I don’t even want to think about my task list.  But it will all get done.  It always does.

I Love the Olympics

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I get so excited for the Olympics every year, and 2014 is no different.

I love the opening ceremonies and seeing how the host country chooses to present themselves.  Vancouver 2010 remains one of my favorite opening ceremonies just because of the variety of elements I didn’t know about previously.  London, of course, was fabulous, but Sochi made me want to learn more.

Not that I’m saying I love Russia more than the United Kingdom.  But let’s be honest – I know more about the UK than I do about Russia.  Most of what I know about Russia isn’t all that great either.  But from the start, I wanted to learn more.  I was so excited to see that Wikipedia has a page on the opening ceremony and tries to explain some of the elements.  Most notably, what all the letters in the alphabet from the movie in the very beginning represented.

Sure, it glossed over history.  But come on, no country is going to highlight their darkest days in an Olympic Opening Ceremony.

And then, once the games start, I find myself sucked into sports that I know nothing about.  Doesn’t matter what sport, doesn’t matter who is competing.  I get absolutely roped in.  And there are always “characters” who make themselves known, from Johnny Quinn busting through a door to Gus Kenworthy adopting a bunch of stray puppies.

This year has been especially entertaining with so many athletes on Twitter and Instagram throughout the games.   TwitterSports has created a list of the US athletes you can follow.  Sorry, Canada.  Though I love you, during the Olympics, I must cheer for Team USA.  However, you are a close second in my heart.

I just get so excited when watching the competitions.  The other day, I got sucked into the Russia/Slovakia hockey game.  (It was on before ice dancing and I was on the treadmill.)  I still don’t know who I was cheering for, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the game.  And I didn’t really care about the outcome.

I do wish the Paralympics got the coverage here in the US that they seem to get in other countries.  We have some pretty cool Paralympians competing this year, including Tatayna McFadden, a Maryland local, who recently won the women’s wheelchair division in the London, Boston, Chicago, and NYC marathons.  Wait, what?  That’s right.  Track and Field wasn’t enough for her, so she’s competing in Sochi in Nordic Skiing.  Talk about no limitations.

And there are so many other great stories out there.  I’m excited to see what the next week of the Olympics and then the upcoming Paralympics has to share.

 

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The snow is here.

This was the scene outside my house at 6:30 this morning.  It’s still coming down, but not too badly.  The forecast says there could be a second wave of snow coming this afternoon.

I got workout number one in.  Snow shoveling in this much snow is no joke!  I did the main sidewalk and the path from my front door to said sidewalk.  I also have a sidewalk that connects the door to the driveway (and my car), but that one has yet to be shoveled.  My biceps were protesting way too much.  That will be the afternoon workout.

The roads are a mess.  The main roads have been plowed, but none of the side roads in my neighborhood have been touched yet.  If I had to get my car out, I don’t know that I could.

As of right now, I still have power and internet, which means I can still get some work done and catch up on the Olympics.  Should be a fun day.

The Calm Before the Storm

Apparently, another giant snowstorm is coming.  The forecast ranges I’m seeing are anywhere from 4 to 14 inches.  That’s not a real forecast.

And of course, it’s hitting just as I have things planned.  I managed to get an endocrinologist appointment for tomorrow morning.  That’s getting cancelled, just in case. They have a $75 cancellation fee, and I don’t want to risk it.  Hoping I can get another one scheduled soon.

Tomorrow night is also swim practice night.   Snow should have stopped by then, but who knows what the roads will be like.  I’m ready for spring.

I skipped yesterday’s swim because I wasn’t feeling it, which turned out to be good, since thanks to work, I ended up not getting lunch til 4:30.  Then I went home and rode my bike on the trainer for an hour while drinking a beer and watching the Olympics.  I’m not sure this is the best method of training.

So this morning, I got up and hit the pool before work, which felt great.  And now, if tomorrow’s swim doesn’t happen, at least I got in one pool workout.

Plus I guess I’ll have a few snow shoveling workouts to do as well.

I just really really don’t want to lose power.  Fingers crossed!  Stay safe everyone.