Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Killer Quad 2012

It's 5:12AM on Halloween and I'm off to start this year's Killer Quad wearing my two year old KQ suit. Whooohoooo! In about an hour I will be done, armed with coffee, and ready to weather a lot of kid costume parades (though not close to brave enough to attempt the Giants victory parade in the city), a night of chili and trick or treating, and maybe my own special treat for the night: an massive apple fritter. Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mental Toughness

Sometimes I show up in the morning and I just need a pummeling. With the Giants World Series Win giving me an excuse to sit around and drink red wine and eat chocolate last night, this was one of those mornings. Okay fine. I always want a pummeling. Seriously? If I'm going to pry myself out of a warm bed and jump in a cold pool in the dark before the rest of the town has even thought of getting up, I had better get a good goddamn workout. That's just me. Last week we had a 2 x 1000 set "for mental toughness". I know, I know, most of you think it's boring to go back and forth forty times and keep count of the laps. But not me. Long back and forth action is just what my mental state calls "perfect". Call me simple and escapist but I don't really want to daydream or think about real life. I want to move strain and count. But 25's easy with breathing and body positioning exercises? For me this is a Hell requiring extreme mental toughness to just And this morning, I couldn't do it. I needed yards. So, I boosted out of the cold water and did repeat 1000's in the warm pool. I'm sorry Rick. You're great but this morning's workout was too far out of the pain zone for me.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Lazy Morning

It's a lie around and read with the puppy morning around here, so I'll be off on a run/yoga excursion later. It is crazy how much I miss the pool on mornings I don't make it. AND I'll be away at a Halloween soccer tourney this weekend so the only pool I'll have to swim in is an indoor (yuck!) hotel shortie. I am already looking forward to Monday swim wise. However, can't wait to enjoy a weekend one on one with my youngest soccer stud!

Thursday, October 25, 2012


I don't know if I'm coming "back" to posting regularly or not - reserving the right to see if I can get it done at least a few days in a row - but this holiday card was simply too good not to show all the swimmers out there. Crazy. And I'm sure not too far off from the card quite a few of our parents thought about sending back in 1970-something. Wow, thanks Mom, for NOT doing that. Today's workout was also my favorite kind: long long long. Here it is: warm up: 2 x 50, 2 x 100, 2 x 200 main set: 2 x 1000 straight up! end set: 2 x 200, 2 x 100, 2 x 50