Monday, July 26, 2010

A bad day to be tired

After a weekend of birthday parties, work, lots of driving and head lice, I was tired today. It was a bad day to be tired.

*warmup: 400 free, 300 back to breast, 100 dolphin kick

*2 x 200's free on the 2:40; 2 x 100's IM on the 1:35
*2 x 200's free on the 2:50; 3 x 100's IM on the 1:45
*2 x 200's free on the 3:00; 4 x 100's IM on the 1:55

*100 free; 50 stroke
repeat 2x

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Random question here, since the JITC deal today is a mani/pedi. Why do my pedicure paintings last for a month of swimming but any polish put on my fingernails is gone after a single swim? Really, I don't get it. I love having nice nails and wish I could get more manicures, but there just doesn't seem to be a solution with swimming. Life is hard, man.

*warmup: 100 free, 25 kick, 25 stroke
repeat 5x

*6 x 100's on the 1:25 for L2

add fins for:

*6 x 100's on the 1:25

*3 x 200's on the 2:50 descending
repeat 2x

remove fins for:

*200 IM

Monday, July 19, 2010

GO People

This weekend some of our dearest friends made it possible for us to stay in SF for the weekend, right off Union Square. A while back, we figured we'd capitalize on this opportunity, and plan a (drinking) scavenger hunt/mission game for a group of friends. I shamefully bought a photographer deal on Groupon (ACK!) and got Joey to come take photos of the whole gang in Clarion Alley before we kicked off the game. Even with no beverages in their system, people got a little nutty posing with their loved ones in front of graffiti. Alleys with murals will do that to you.

We then headed to the awesomely friendly Luna Park to take over a long wooden table for 20 for drinks. I believe there were shots had, though I mercifully escaped those. We then split into 3 teams and were sent across the Mission district to find stuff, answer funny trivia about Noah, and perform....missions. There were actors and video taping involved. And now, with beverages in systems, things got just plain kookoo (exactly as I had hoped). Videos recorded included the following things: (1) my brother, shirtless but wearing my friend's bra, pretending to roller blade down the street; (2) myself and a friend re-enacting the video game Frogger by hopping like toads across Valencia and dodging cars; (3) a re-enactment in broad daylight of Justin Timberlake's "D--- in a box" video, and finally (4) flagging down a police squad car and convincing the officer to pretend to arrest one of us and force us into the back seat. Those are just a few highlights. There were more.

We got all of this done before 6pm, and I can't really talk about what happened during the next 5 hours when we all met up at the Pheonix. Let's just say it's a miracle that I made it to swim practice this morning. Let me also say here that N and I have the BEST of friends. The whole experience was heightened by the fact that quite a few of the most dear people to us flew out for just one night of debauchery, and quite a few others drove quite a ways, arranged for drivers, or spent money to spend the night in SF. AND, everyone got super into the spirit of the night. It was just perfect, and we love them all!

And here was the miracle set:

*warmup: 100 free, 50 back, 50 kick some number of times, not sure, I was late

add pull gear for:

*5 x 50's slow to warm up
*100, 200, 300, 200, 100

remove pull gear for:

*100, 200, 300, 200, 100
*5 x 50's backstroke alternate hard/easy

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Long and Simple

Today was long, repetitive, and a mix between pushing ourselves and letting ourselves float within the rhythm. In direct opposition to one of my very least favorite workouts on Monday (the horrendous breaststroke marathon), this was one of my favorites. Yippie!

warmup: 500 done as 50 free, 25 drill, 25 kick
4 x 200's descending
repeat 4 times (that's right, 16 x 200's. phew!)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Alcatraz Wishes

The Alcatraz Challenge is this Sunday morning and I wish I was doing it! The swim from the island plus the run across the Golden Gate is just, well, the most picturesque course. But alas, my newly 40 YO husband has asked that I not do the race Sunday morning so that I can properly party on Saturday night. We are having a scavenger hunt in his honor across the Mission neighborhood in the city. It should be...interesting!

warmup: 200 free, 2 x 50's drill to stroke
repeat 3x

add pull gear for:

take off pull gear (thank goodness) for:
250 IM done as 25 fly, 50 back, 75 breast, 100 free

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I've been bad and this is funny

I've been bad - at writing here, not at swimming - and the days keep passing me by. Summer is said to be a relaxing time, and yet I've never been more all-consumed with...everything. And yet, tonight I got caught up reading a hilarious site I have to share with you. Whenever you need a laugh (and a good laugh can cure anything), go read this guy. He's a genius.

Oh, and I'm picking today to come back to blogging because the workout was so damn simple. Ready?

2 x 1650's. Yes.
5 x 50's, anything but freestyle.