This morning's 40 minute swim practice went pretty good, i warmed up with and w/o the kickboeard and NO flippers for the entire workout. what i tend to do is kick too hard causing me to fatigue too quickly. today i made a super conscious effort to slooowww dooown! i focused alot on rolling side to side, turning my whole body when i need to breath vs craning my neck and head upwards. the idea is to elongate and roll to the side than breath through the side of your mouth. i can do this a few times than i start to struggle, start kicking too hard and than inevitably ingest water.
then it occured to me i could just stop. i usually just continue struggling until i get to the other end of the lane, but then i remembered i could just stop, catch my breath and continue. i guess my reasoning before was there's no stopping in the middle of the lake so i'll have to keep going....then something i read kicked in and it occured to me to roll over until my face was completely out of the water so i can breath.
the swimming articles,videos and time i spend in the pool are starting to synthesize. i'm still not loving night time swim schedule, but i am loving the little progress i'm seeing on my solo days.
i went for a decent ride up centinell past strawberry canyon . as i approached the botanical gardens , sweat was rolling down my face i planned to pullover for a rest. my legs were working big time and as i pulled up to the curb, directly across the street from a very crowded bus stop, i dumped over on my right side. i guess my leg was so fatigued that i lacked the strength to twist out of my cleat. it was hilarious, after a quick check of the bike....she was ok....i gave the crowd a thumbs up! one gal even walked over asking if i was okay (very nice i thought) i assured her i was fine, not even a scratch, on me or the bike! i was practically at a stand still when i went down. i feel like a real biker now!
after my rest break, i hopped back on and continued up the bad ass hill, she was starting to kick my ass now, so i started to serpentine, careful to check both side of the roads, it was a slow trek to grizzly peak. i regretted leaving my windbreaker home, cuz the ride home was all down hill, fast and a little chilly. but what a rush hauling ass down relatively traffic free streets, not too many cars that time of the day. again, yay for hump day!
got home around the time t comes home for lunch and we went to the gym together. i did a super lite upperbody workout, and read an article in shape magazine while T rode the stationary bike. this morning he had his treadmill test to rule out any heart issues and came home with a clean bill of health...yay! tonight, triclub meets at berkeley high for another speedworkout w/coach.
er, no pizza an hour before working out this time!