Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Still Hanging On

Last night I cut half of my big toenail off from the right side. I was playing touch football with the boys and finally had HAD it with one too many stomps on my flappable stump so I grabbed the toenail clipper and surgically removed the portions that were not attached to skin. This morning I still Scotch taped it down but there was much less resistance in the water, I could tell. Good. That update is over.

Today's workout:

*warm up: 2 x 250, 2 x 150 free

add pull gear for:

*50 easy, 100 moderate, 150 hard
*75 moderate, 150 hard, 225 hard
*100 hard, 200 hard, 300 hard

pull option (not for me!):

*4 x 200's: build by 50 (1st one with first 50 hard, 2nd with first 100 hard, and so on)

*4 x 100's: build by 25

Thursday, March 20, 2008

March Madness

At our house, this means my husband flies off on a plane today to spend what he, his brother and his buddy in Seattle call "The Lost Weekend" holed up in said buddy's sports bar basement watching game after game after game. This year he's in quite a pickle as his two alma maters, Cornell and Stanford, battle in the first round.

Oh, pity him and his nice kidless den in Seattle with meatball sandwiches and beers being passed around.

I, on the other hand, am at the library eeking out 2 hrs of work while I've got a sitter before I get to spend the rest of Spring Break (aka Kidsathomewithnochildcare Week) entertaining the kiddos. Could be worse. But could be better (for me, not my lucky husband).


the workout:

*200 easy, 3 x 100's harder, 4 x 50's strong

*4 x 300's pulling
*2 x 400's pulling
*600 without pull gear!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Books That Swimmers Read

First off, yes the tape on my toenail held for practice again today. Okay, now that we're past that update...

Bill Dawson found me yesterday morning at Borrone and told me that a bunch of swim folks have been meeting there and compiling a list of books they have read that "have changed the attitude, opinion, or life of the reader".

Excellent. I love life-changing books. So, here is Bill's compiled list, and below I've added my own life-changing books (not necesarrily the same as "most fun books to read" of course. Have to do that list soon too). Please add your own list and refer back to this one when you need a good book!

(Oh, and the workout today was basically long free and backstroke :).

Bennet, Anne and Dick

A Town Called Alice, Shute
African Genesis, Ardrey
Amazon, Walker
Atlas Shrugged, Rand
Bel Canto, Patchet
Collapse, Diamond
Complexity, Waldrop
Corellis Mandolin, de Berneires
Cultural Literacy, Hirsch
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Wells
Earth Abides, Stewart
Ex Libris, Fadiman
First Wives Club, Goldsmith
Food In History, Tannahill
Gamesmanship, Potter
Getting Well Again, Simonton
Guns, Germs and Steel, Diamond
Hawaii, Mitchener
How Can One Sell the Air, Chief Seattle
Influencing with Integrity, Laborde
Managing the Commons, Hardin
Miracle at Midway, Prange
Modern Times, Johnson
Mother Daughter Revolution, Debold
My Sisters Keeper, Picouldt
One Upmanship, Potter
Out of Africa, Dineson
Pioneer Women, Stratton
Practicing History, Tuchman
QED, Feynman
Rescue Pilot, McKinnon
Sandeagozer, Jenner
Spending, Gordon
The Tipping Point, Gladwell
The Bridges of Madison County, Waller
The Origins of Consciousness, Jaynes
The Notebook, Sparks
The Road from Coolrain, Conway
The Vision of the Annointed, Sowell
The Wonderful Country, Lea
The House on the Strand, du Maurier
The Territorial Imperative, Ardrey
The Future Assumption, Harris
The Girl Within, Hancock
The Cost of Rights, Holmes
The Bourbaki Gamit, Jerassi
The Clash of Civilizations, Huntington
The All True Travels & Adventures of Liddie Newton, Smiley
The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway
The Red Tent, Diamant
The Old Man and the Boy, Ruark
Time Travelers Wife, Wiffenegger
Winters Tale, Helprin
Women Who Made a Difference, Forbes
Womens Ways of Knowing, Waldorf

Dawson, Bill
A Sense of Where You Are, McPhee
A Passage to India, Forster
Assembling California, McPhee
Aubrey/Maturin Series, OBrien
Don Quixote, Cervantes
Endurance, Lansing
Free to Choose, Friedman
Henderson the Rain King, Bellow
Intellectuals, Johnson
Islam, Smith
My Young Years, Churchill
Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck
Out of Africa, Dineson
The Fate of the Earth, Schell
The Art of War, SunTzu
The Death of Socrates, Stone
The Divine Comedy, Dante
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence
The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Rhodes
The Captive Mind, Milosz
What Went Wrong, Lewis

Mortenson, Carl
1984, Orwell
Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevsky
Burmese Days, Orwell
Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard
Gift of the Jews, Cahill
Guns, Germs, & Steel, Diamond
Heart of Darkness, Conrad
Moby Dick, Melville
Moral Man and Immoral Society, Niebuhr
Mountains of California, Muir
On Liberty, Mill
On War, Clausewitz
The Captive Mind, Milosz
Typhoon, Conrad

Sulzbach, John
The God Particle, Lederman
The Peloponnesian War, Thucydides
Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus, Gray

Eisner, Sarah
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Kundera
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, McCullers
Anna Karenina, Tolstoy
Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky
Housekeeping, Robinson
Jesus Land, Scheeres
The Fountainhead, Rand

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Toenail Saga

I know, I've been SO bad. No blogging for a week. For shame. But, my toenail has been falling off, and while this is no excuse for not typing with my fingers, there it is. It's ripping off sideways, from the right, and though it doesn't hurt while playing soccer (odd), it flaps in the water - a lone stiff flag in a deep blue sky of liquid - and tugs just a little bit against my flesh each time I push off the wall. I've been swimming with my toes crossed for weeks to prevent maximum flappage, and it just isn't cutting it anymore (I launched my foot into a chair this weekend and nearly collapsed in pain as the toenail nearly came clean off).

This morning I entered the water with three band-aids wrapped around my toe. They slipped off by the third 125. Luckily, Doctor Lanshin suggested I hop out and wrap Scotch tape around it "like, 1000 times". This worked. It's still working. I am now doing an experiment to see how many days of swimming I can get through with one application of massive amounts of Scotch tape. I will keep you posted. I know, on the edges of your seats aren't you?

workout today:


*warmup: 4 x 125's free easy, 4 x 100's free harder

*4 x 25's kick, then fast turnover, kick, fast turnover; 4 x 50's fast (1 part swim, 2 parts rest)
*4 x 25's kick, then fast turnover, kick, fast turnover; 3 x 100's fast (1 part swim, 2 parts rest)
*4 x 25's kick, then fast turnover, kick, fast turnover; 4 x 50's fast (1 part swim, 2 parts rest)

*100 back; 100 breast; 100 back to breast

*100 in under 55 strokes total

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Circle or Split?

Well. The pool was only down in temp this morning and it took me until 5PM and a hot bath to warm up yesterday after swimming in 78 degrees, so this morning of course I had to bail and lap swim in the warm pool.

I was warm. But I had to deal with lap swimmers. (Disclaimer: I love all swimmers. I'm not seriously mad at the lap swimmers. But let me go on.)

Mid-way into my first 500 of leisurely warmth a dude literally slapped my feet while I was flip turning. I stopped and looked up. "Wanna split!" he declared (not asked), arms akimbo with eyes up to the sky. It was not a question so I just shrugged, kept swimming, and stayed on my side.

Then a gal got in and jumped in front of me while (again) I was flip turning and force me to stop. "You have to circle now. There's three of us." Again, not a question, so I nodded and lined up behind her, only to be forced to slow my pace by 78%.

She moved to the next lane pretty quickly, and the dude next to me stopped (without slapping me this time) to say "Don't know why she got in our lane in the first place. Hmph!"

It was almost enough to force me back into the Icelandic performance pool - a frustrated hot-tubber whose waters just got too steamy to stand.

Eventually though, I ended up back in the lane alone to glide out my last 500. And now here I sit, warm all 'da way through.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Okay, I know there are people suffering in the world - no food or clean water and all that - but I SWAM IN 78 DEGREE WATER THIS MORNING PEOPLE. I shivered my way through the short-distance sets (goosebump-inducing even in 81 degree water for me) until finally, at the 55 minute mark I just couldn't take it anymore. The warm pool beckoned. When I jumped in it felt as if I had been wrapped in a heated wool blanket in the center of an Alabama summer and whooooeeee did it feel good.

Tim, let's get that temp up by tomorrow, por favor.

*warm up: struggle to catch breath in cold water through:
100 free, 50 back to breast
repeat 4 times

*100 IM build; 50 back to breast; 2 x 25's strong free; 100 recovery
repeat 3.25 times. That's right. The IM build starts with 25 fly, 75 free and builds to full IM fast in the .25 spot.

*200 strong free; 100 relaxed IM
*200 strong free; 75 relaxed IM
*200 strong free; 50 relaxed IM
*200 strong free; 25 relaxed IM