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An Active Weekend

Well, it’s finally here.

This weekend will be quite active, or tomorrow morning will be at the very least. After months of anticipation, it’s time for the Woodlake Sprint Triathlon. I’ll get a race report up as soon as possible next week.

Other than that, we have a wedding Saturday night and plan on repainting the inside of the house Sunday and Monday. Look for sore arms and shoulders come Tuesday.

Have a great weekend!


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Swimming is Hard.

That’s what I told Patrick when I got home from my second ever swim workout on Sunday afternoon.  I may have huffed and sounded a bit whiney, but I was beat.  After an hour in the pool, I had only managed about 1000 yards.  Mostly 25 yards at a time.  Swimming, indeed, is hard.

I don’t know why I thought this would be the easier part of my upcoming triathlon.  I guess when compared with 17 miles of biking and 3.1 miles of running, 600 yards sounds downright puny.  Not only was the distance not enough to worry me, I was banking on those swim lessons I took when I was 5, along with the fact that I grew up with my very own swimming pool in my back yard, a river down the street and the whole Atlantic Ocean less than an hour away to make it easy for me to go this short distance.  Apparently, summers spent floating on a raft in your back yard isn’t enough preparation.  Who knew?

So yes, swimming is hard, but surely, like running it will get easier.  I got back in to the pool yesterday after work and went another 1,025 (I was going to finish at 1,000 again but ended up on the wrong side from my towel and had to swim back).  This was my workout from last night, with oh, 25 second to 1:30 minute rest breaks in between:

2×25 free breathing to the right only

2×25 free breathing to the left only

4×25 free bi-lateral breathing

8×50 free ” “(this got me to 600 yards)

4×75 free ” ”

1×100 free ” ” (daaaang this was hard)

1×25 free to get back to the side of the pool with my towel…it’s cold out of the water!

I probably should work on learning some other strokes, but for now I would just like to know that I can finish my swim distance without taking rest breaks in the middle of the lake every 30 seconds or so.  Ideally, I would like to be able to swim this whole 1000yds without a break, not including a warm up and cool down of course.  I guess I will just continue to build the distance with these intervals, and hope I hit the goal in time for May 29th.

In other swim news, I ordered a wet suit and now I feel all official.  The race is expected to be wet suit legal and I had the option of renting one for $50 or buying one for $100.  Didn’t seem like such a hard choice since after 2 races I will break even.  Also, the week before the race Patrick and I will be at the beach on vacation (ahem, tapering) and I would actually have to rent the wetsuit for 2 weeks in order to pick it up on time (Tuesdays) and be able to practice in it.  Now I have my own, or I will, as soon as UPS gets it to my front door.  Is it weird to be this excited about a wetsuit?  Or is it only something a triathlete (or a person who trains for a triathlon, since that’s all I am now) does?

I hope I look that bad ass.

It’s an Xterra Women’s Volt…an entry level wetsuit for a very entry level swimmer.  I’m just hoping it helps me stay a tiny bit warm and keep my hips from sinking.  I will be happy with that!

What kind of sport specific toys have you had to bite the bullet and buy? Or find yourself strangely giddy over buying?

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An Active Weekend

Not too much planned for this weekend, we have more visitors. 🙂

  • Mountian biking at Beaver Dam this afternoon
  • Finishing C25k Week 5 on Saturday
  • Joining the pool at Millbrook Exchange Park and getting my first swim in on Sunday

Have a great weekend!

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Take 5: Articles for the Week of 4/12/2010

Running in Marathons: Facebook made me do it – Time Magazine.  Ever feel pressured to do something because all your friends are talking about it on facebook?

The Best Ever Collection of Running Books – Complete Running.  I have a few on my wish list!

Hotel offers ‘cycle for food’ deal – MSN.  This is a neat idea for both hotel publicity and bike awareness!

28 Tips for Triathlon Transitions – Triathlon Jones.  With 6 weeks to go before my first triathlon, I have this page book marked.

Best Ocean Swimming –  Will Rogers State Beach in California is voted the best place for an ocean swim by the Nature Conversancy.

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And for my next trick…

So it begins.  Just three (or is it two?) weeks after my first 5k, I will be attempting a sprint of a different kind.  This one will involve not only a 5k, but also a 600 yard swim and a 17 mile bike ride.  Yes ladies and gentlemen, I just signed up for my first triathlon!  My inaugural race is the Woodlake Sprint Triathlon down in Vass, NC.

I can’t wait to get all the official training started!  Run training will still be C25k and bike training will involve lots of time on the singletrack (it is a hilly course!).  Now it’s time to get in some laps…the girl at the pool near me said that Friday nights were the least busy, so guess when I’ll be starting my swim regimen!

On May 29th you will be able to call me a triathlete, but for now you can just call me crazy!

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Take 5: Fitness Articles for the Week of 3/22/2010

The Health Benefits of Swimming – Lifescript.  Is it true that a swimmer can burn as many calories as a runner with a 6 minute mile pace?  Cause that is pretty impressive!

The benefits of: Swimming – CNN.  A good quick read about why everyone should learn to swim.

Pool Running can be a Great Recovery Workout – Active.  Pool running tips for athletes who are injured or looking for a great cross-training.

Head for the Pool – Runner’s World.  Another article about pool running.  I might have to check this out!

Why Swim in a Frozen River? – World News Daily Blog.  A journalist talks about a swim in Moscow that he won’t soon forget.

Take 5: Fitness Articles are a round up of interesting articles I have found over the course of the week.  We might talk about yoga, we might talk about strength training, we might talk about calories and nutrition.  We also might just talke a tour around blog land and look at what others are up to.  Articles were not necessarily published in the week of  this blog post.

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