Wednesday, May 20, 2015

When We Last Left Off...

I was struggling getting back to masters swimming. Well, I finally went on Monday night and I'm so glad I did.

We did the usual five minute warm up, then a 200, then 2 x 75 with drills & kicks, and then it was time for the main set. 5 x 300 with the 1, 3, and 5 pulling and 2 and 4 swimming. Just a few months ago if you told me to swim 5 x 300 I probably would have laughed thinking I could never do that, or if I did it would take me all day. But for some reason on Monday night it didn't phase me one bit. It still took me a long time, but I did the entire set.

It was a great confident booster heading to Catfish in just a few weeks which, by the way, I finally signed up for it. And to celebrate I decided that I needed a new swimsuit.

No that's not me in the photo!
Shopping can equal motivation or a reward!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cinco de Mayo 5k and Other Random Things

Last weekend I did a 5k with some friends.  Two had signed up to run the 10k but when race day came they decided they only wanted to do 5k instead. Another friend was going to walk the 5k with me, and another friend was going to run the 5k but came up injured so she walked the 5k with us as well.  It was a very small local race but I think it was very well organized.  They even had us doing Zumba moves at the start as a warm up - corny but fun. Honestly, I was only in it to see some friends and for the breakfast afterwards - and I wasn't disappointed with either!

Another race, another tee shirt.
The Catfish swim is coming up in a few weeks - I guess I better sign up! I've been stalling since I wasn't sure if I want to do it with or without a wetsuit. A few weeks ago, I found out that it's not going to be at the same lake as last year. And since I'm completely unfamiliar with this new location, I think I'm going to sign up for the wetsuit division. I'd rather have my security blanket with me in unfamiliar waters.

I haven't made it back to masters since I went on vacation in March. First I was trying to focus more on spin class to prepare for the Moraga Tri, but that was weeks ago and I still can't get myself to go back - but I have finally figured out why. There are only two workouts a week that work for me - Monday & Wednesday nights.  The other weeknight workouts focus on IM - I don't know butterfly, I can't breastroke because of my hip, and my backstroke isn't straight. But the Monday & Wednesday night workouts are exclusively freestyle.

I was feeling guilty that I can't always make it both nights. But it dawned on me that it really doesn't matter how often I go as long as I just go when I can. I'm the one paying for it - and it is ridiculously cheap at my gym - so I shouldn't feel guilty if I can only make it once a week. And just because I can only make it to masters once a week doesn't mean I'm not swimming - I've been trying to get there every weekend because they switch the pool to long-course which I love. And I've swam on nights or mornings when I couldn't make masters. So I might as well get at least on workout a week that I'm paying for!

And finally I've been pretty consistent with my strength training workouts the past few weeks. It's something I always say I'm going to focus on, but it always gets dropped due to tri training. Let's face it, trying to get in two sessions of three different sports every week doesn't leave much time for strength training - at least not the kind that I want to do. But since I've really only been focused on swimming lately (and I haven't been on the bike or at spin class since Moraga), I've had more time to do strength training.