Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Eve!

Happy last day of 2009! I've got zero New Year's Resolutions this year and that's just how I like it. But, my BFF, who comes and swims with us at Menlo whenever she's visiting, does have some. People are either goal-oriented or not, and she IS. She's an organizational inspiration to me - check her out on the JuiceBox in the featured video today!

I'm ready for the 100x100's but am probably going to do them on Saturday because 8am is too late to start for me (I know that sounds nuts to the rest of the world, yes).

Today's workout:

*3 x 100's free, 50 back, 50 choice
repeat 2x

add pull gear for:

*300, 200, 100
repeat 3x

*2 x 400's

Saturday, December 26, 2009

7,500 x 2

A few of us decided to do the 75x100's twice, today and way back when on xmas eve. It was good the second time too. Especially the breakfast after part. Go Lane 2! :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I took the kids (5 and 7) ice skating for the first time ever yesterday afternoon. No prep, no watching first...I just threw them out on the ice (mostly because I'm too cheap to pay for lessons and too lazy to go through a process). The first ten minutes were dicey - lots of falls and leg-grabbing, but then, within 45 minutes they...were...skating. I was so proud, especially when they fell hard and got up and kept trying. I saw my whole life philosophy play out during that hour, wrapped up in strained muscles, questionable balance, concentration and pure desire to conquer new things. It is the very philosophy I hope to pass on to my boys, and it was the best holiday gift I could ask for to see them display it.

And then this morning, into the icy cold water. I am looking forward to the big swim tomorrow!

*warmup: 2 x 350's free then free to drill

*15 x 100's done as 5 sets of 3 x 100's using one length of each 100 as kick, drill, breast, back, fly

*20 x 50's done as 5 sets of 4 x 50's like so: 2 x 50's fast free, 2 x 50's kick, drill, breast, back, fly to free (in order)

Friday, December 18, 2009

I have a cookie problem

One of these is not the issue. But when you over-frost thick, fresh sugar cookies and eat six of them, you are not in prime shape for the long pulling workout the next morning. I am honestly not sure how people who don't swim get through the holidays. If I didn't swim this off this morning I'd still be feeling like I might explode.

Today begins the official school holiday (read: full time mom duty) and last night, as you can see, began the official sugar indulgence period. If I keep going like this I'm going to need to attend BOTH 75x100's sessions.

*warmup: 125 free, 50 stroke, 25 kick
repeat 3x

add pull gear for:

*400 as 6 free, 2 stroke
repeat 2x
*100 fast
*500 as 8 free, 2 stroke
repeat 2x
*100 fast
*600 as 8 free, 2 stroke
repeat 2x
*100 fast

*1,000 straight done as: 250 moderate, 50 fast, 200 moderate, 50 fast, 150 moderate, 50 fast, 100 moderate, 50 fast, 50 moderate, 50 fast

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ice Ice Baby

I was able to defrost my windshield this morning (dashboard read 31 degrees) by the time I arrived at the pool. I was shocked to return to my car an hour and fifteen minutes later and find the windshield completely re-frozen. Helloooooo, God? This is CALIFORNIA. I know that seasons are pretty and all, but really when I'm prancing around outside an outdoor pool at 5:45 in the morning, in the dark, in nothing but a shiny bathing suit, I'd like a little balminess, okay?

*warmup: 400 free, 2x50's stroke, 200 free, 2x25's stroke
add pull gear for:
*300 build, 3x100's fast, 300 steady
*200 build, 2x100's fast, 200 steady
*100 build, 1x100's fast, 100 steady

*100 fast, 3x50's stroke/drill/steady
*2x100 fast, 3x50's stroke/drill/steady
*3x100 fast, 3x50's stroke/drill/steady

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Just a fun picture of my boys showing off their armpits in glee while watching football and eating pizza last night. Kid-joy is so easy. Speaking of easy joy, Danna kindly gave me the better shower stall this morning when she could have taken it, and said she was reminded by a note she put in her daughter's lunch yesterday. The note said "Today, treat someone else the way you'd like to be treated." Danna said, "I really want that shower, so I'm giving it to you." Love it!

*warmup: 3 x 250's free with last 50 stroke
add fins for:
*2 x 50's one leg kick, 100 IM with one length underwater, 150 drill, 200 free strong
repeat 3x
*2 x 25's one arm swim, 50 free with one length underwater, 100 drill, 200 IM strong
repeat 2x

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Not Bob's Tea Party

Yesterday we bobbed and had tea parties under water. It was fun. I like Bob. And today we did something I like even more: repeat 100's.

*warmup: 700 straight with every 4th length stroke

*3 x 100's on 1:30; 2 x 100's on 1:25; 1 x 100 on 1:20

*4 x 100's on 1:30; 3 x 100's on 1:25; 2 x 100 on 1:20

*5 x 100's on 1:30; 4 x 100's on 1:25; 3 x 100 on 1:20

*warmdown: 200 other than free with every 4th length free

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


I ate a lot of it, and all the accoutrements that come with it, so today was good.

*warmup: 5 x 150 free with last length stroke

add pull gear for:

*2 x 200, 3 x 100 descending
repeat 3x

remove or keep pull gear on for:

*100, 2 x 50's fast, easy 50
repeat 2x