Friday, May 29, 2009

No relays

I have this little personal rule: I never make myself stay in for relays. I know I seem like a wuss when I jump out as soon as I hear the "relays!" declaration at the end of a workout on a Friday (like today), but I just feel the ROI on the five minutes is low for me. :)

*warmup: 150 free, 50 stroke, 50 kick
repeat 3 x

*4 x 50's free
repeat 5 times, interval decreases by 5s each time

*3 x 50's back, breast, fly
repeat 3 times, interval decreases by 5s each time

relays = shower = get to coffee early for me!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

Today was a good swim day. I can do flip turns again, and sets were long free. Great way to start a vacation day!

*400 free, 4 x 100's free

*2 x 400's free, 100 easy
*4 x 200's free, 100 easy
*8 x 100's free, 100 easy


Friday, May 22, 2009


Tim must be hanging out with the synchronized swimming coach again because today we did kicking with two arms and one leg out of the water. Well, I should say that we tried to do this, not that we succeeded. I was wishing I had a camera with me during this set. Even saw one person stop mid-length and use their hands to manually lift their leg in the air. Didn't work well.

*warmup: 800 with every fourth length non-free

add fins for:

*100 dolphin kick, 200 IM
repeat 3x with 2nd 200 done as free

*4 x 100's fly, back, breast, free
3 underwater kicks each way to make 360 turn: back, side, belly
increase to 4, 5 and 6 by 100

*4 x 100's kick: one arm out, two arms out, two arms and one leg out, then regular flutter


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I did it!

The ribs still hurt but I did almost a whole workout today without wincing. Good deal. Can't do a flip turn except when I forget I shouldn't be doing one. That's when I winced.

But this cheered me up. Here is my kid's school doing something on the blacktop this morning that actually made me well up with tears.

*warmup: 500 free, 6 x 50's descend every two 50's

*2 x 25's kick, 2 x 25's catchup, 4 x 25's fast free
repeat twice

*10 x 100's fast with 3 minutes active recovery inbetween.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Pushin' through

So it still hurts to breathe, but I got in this morning and did the warm up. After that, I was cringing under the water, so I got out and went to the warm pool to do some kicking. It was a mild workout at best, but boy did it feel good after a week of nothing. And, in the locker room I was re-inspired by Clara, who told me about a car accident she was in a few months before her Ironman race. She, too, bruised her ribs (that seatbelt plus the air bag at high impact is no picnic) and could not do much for a while. But she took a week off, then did some underwater jogging and kicking, and finally got back to running after a few weeks and made it back in time for her Ironman a few months later.

My friends think I'm nuts not to just say "I'm injured" and sit out for a bit. That alone doesn't make me nuts. It's hearing Clara's story and thinking "Yah, I'm being such a pussy - I need to push through!" that makes me nuts. I'm not, after all, even training for anything.

On another note, while I've had extra time this past week due to not swimming, I gobbled up a new book, and it re-inspired me to put some of my own writing out there which has been sitting for a good long time. Check out both here if you're interested!

Friday, May 15, 2009

It hurts to laugh

The ribs hurt from a soccer collision, and I've been out of the pool for a week (much to everyone's chagrin - I'm grumpy). But Ben's Rock N Roll Preschool performance sure cheered me up and gave me a laugh last night. The dude is a born performer.

Monday, May 11, 2009


This is the funniest thing I've seen in a while. It actually made my Mother's Day.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mother's Day: I want more swim time

My husband asked me last night if there was anything I was "hoping to get" for Mother's Day. Sadly, or happily, I'm not sure, I couldn't really think of anything better than more swim time and a massage. We really are obsessed people. BUT, I'm not nutty enough to spend a weekend in Clovis at Nationals, that's for sure. I can't get over the fact that so many of our teammates go and spend a weekend waiting to swim, after whole childhoods full of days and days spent at meets waiting to swim. Impressive!


*warmup: 400 free, 400 non-free

*3 x 25's kick, 3 x 25's drill, 4 x 25's sprint
repeat 3x different stroke each time

*1000 broken out like this:
2 x 50's, 2 x 100's, 2 x 200's, 2 x 100's, 2 x 50's (first of each is fast, second is recovery)

*warm down (warm down?!?!?! we NEVER get a warm down scheduled in. Thanks Tim!)

Monday, May 4, 2009

OMG! I'm the Mother of the Year

Well, what do you know. I've won "Mother of the Year" and as this video shows, have been congratulated by President Obama, celebrated by Hollywood stars, and praised by a remarkably articulate baby. I knew I was good.

Customize this coolio video for all of the moms in your life. MomsRising is the bestest, and I've been supporting them for years. Join on!

Liquid study (not pool water)

My oldest kid turned 7 yesterday, and we decided to revisit Chevy's for a bday dinner. We'd gone there when he turned 4 and done a few classic poses, so we decided to re-enact the whole experience three years later. Here are the results. Clearly he's a much more mature margarita sipper these days.

and the post-margarita weekend workout was:

*warmup: 600 free, 3 x 100's IM

*drill 100, kick 50 free
*drill 100, kick 50 back
*drill 100, kick 50 breast
*drill 100, kick 50 fly

*4 x 50's fast followed by 100 easy
*3 x 50's fast followed by 100 easy
*2 x 50's fast followed by 100 easy
*1 x 50 fast followed by 100 easy