Monday, December 05, 2005

Dumb things #2

Decided to give swim squad another go tonight - the ear was ok and I felt fine. Hmmm...

Stats:
Session - Swim squad
Distance - 1.8km

Started off fine (this is starting to sound all too familiar!) though even in the warm-up (800m) I was having trouble breathing to both sides without taking on water or running out of breath. Breastroke defeated me - that would have to be the most stupidest swimming stroke ever invented (because I can't do it to save myself).

The main set included sets of reps of 100m efforts with 20sec rest intervals. I could do 2 reps but not the third - that's ok, two reps will do. By the time I got to the 300m 'cruise' swim I was exhausted and decided to call it a night.
Got home and really couldn't be bothered cooking so finished off the last slice of chocolate mousse cake! Very nutritious!

Today is also the start of my marathon training - its a rest day! Good way to start.

Tomorrow:
(am) cycle
(pm) run

15 comments:

strewth said...

Ouch - that swim session sounds worse than my run session and that's saying something!! You are so brave to swim with that lot. I miss our Monday breakfasts!

Susan said...

That is a good way to start - I have a rest day today too!

Wobbly man said...

Start of your Marathon Training? Canberra I hope!

E-Speed said...

I am TERRIBLE at breastroke too. I can do it but I am like 100X slower than everyone else.

Cliff said...

most stupidest swimming stroke ever invented

For stupid ppl like me, it is a God send ;)...

I am starting to learn to breathe on both sides in freestyle as well. My left side is horrible, i sink, my head rotate weird and i chug down lots of chlorine water....hmmm.chlorine

Hilda said...

Great way to start, chocolate cake and rest!!!

Gronk said...

Yes CJ, breast stroke is by far the most stupidest stroke. Butterfly of course isn't swimming at all - its more like a controlled epileptic fit. ;)

Jen_runs said...

I'd have to agree - chocolate mouse cake and a rest day sounds like the perfect way to start a marathon campaign ;-)

Lulu said...

What scares me about that swim squad session is that the warm up was 800 metres, that's about all I can manage at the best of times! I do breathe on both sides though but I'm not sure it works too well for me. I end up with a headache. Takes a bit of getting used to though and one side is always worse than the other.

Your marathon programme sounds good, I might consider that for my next race training. Chocolate and rest.. yum!

2P said...

Why not make it 2 days rest? You are going to be putting in some hard yards if you are commencing the big M prep. Starting fresh and healthy is an advantage.

Oh yeah - it's not just breastroke - all swimming sucks :-)

miners said...

Great to see you persevering with the squads - they can be a tough bunch from my experience, but these sessions will pay big dividends eventually.

(I agree with you about breaststroke)

Johnny Dark said...

Looking forward to following your progress on the road to Canberra.

I've just started my marathon programme as well.


JD

A Girl Running said...

That is a great way to start :)

I love breastroke - although I feel a bit daft actually doing it!

Butterfly is my killer, I can't co-ordinate my limbs right and just sink to the bottom!

Al Carter said...

I would not have been able to do my Tri without the breaststroke - I agree with chris, it's a godsend to us non swimmers.
I do love to start the week with a drowning session though! It makes me feel sort of wholesome : )

Bennyr said...

We're a pretty thick lot, us runners. Our bodies tell us in no uncertain terms "Don't do this. You will hurt". And then the next day we think "Ooh, I feel better - I must go and trash my body again!"

We've all done all of the Dumb Things. Enjoy your rest day. I hope you are right for your next session.

Oh, and breast stroke. It's for frogs, not humans. I'd rather dog paddle.