Monday, October 19, 2015

Swim Clinic

Let me start off by saying how much I love my gym. I've belonged to a number of gyms over the years, and I'd wind up cancelling my membership after a few months because I wasn't going for various reasons. Sometimes it was lack of motivation. Sometimes it was injury. With one gym it was due to very limited parking and having to get there an hour ahead of time to sign up for spin class. No thank you!

I joined my current gym in January of 2012. Not as one of the new year resolutioners, but because I needed a gym with a pool - and swimming instructors -  so I could learn to swim so I could eventually complete a triathlon. (Mission accomplished a few times over, by the way.)  This place fit the bill and more. They had only been open for a year so everything was so fresh and shiny and new and clean. The pools weren't new - yes, I said pools plural - as the gym is on a college campus. But they were updated when they decided to build the gym that is open to the public.  There is an olympic sized pool - 20 lanes short course during the week and 8 lanes long course on weekends. So awesome! And there is also a smaller 6 lane 4 foot instructional pool.

The olympic pool on a long course day.
Every semester they hold a few swimming clinics and this weekend was a freestyle clinic. It was about an hour of land instruction and videos, and then another hour in the pool doing drills. There were about 20 of us there so they split us into two groups so we could get more attention. It was really beneficial. I learned that I have a good kick, but I don't extend my arm enough as it enters the water. So basically, I've been giving away free speed. It was pretty amazing how much faster I felt like I was gliding through the water once I started doing it the right way.

We also did a lot of drills, so now I've got more things to practice when I swim instead of the same back and forth, back and forth. This clinic has really gotten me excited about swimming again. I can't wait to get back in the pool.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I'm Still Here

I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, I swear. Just been busy - and tired.

This summer really took a toll on me. It was the hottest summer I can remember since I moved to California, and most homes in this area don't have air conditioning. We just don't need it. Typically once a month it would get really hot (90s) and stay that way for three days, then the fog would roll in and cool things off. This year it seemed to get into the 90s nearly every week.  I would come home from work and the thermostat in my house would read 88 degrees.

This would be the temperature after work.

And this is what I'd come home to.

Sleeping was nearly impossible and I missed so many workouts because of it. Honestly, it was too hot to workout when I got home.  Believe me I tried. I decided to suck it up and go for a bike ride one day and lasted seven minutes. SEVEN! I felt like I was in hell.  And because I was barely sleeping I couldn't get up in the morning to workout when it was cooler.

So...I took my first ever voluntary DNS (did not start) at the See Jane Run triathlon in September. I knew I was under prepared, but I could have finished at least. But I didn't want to go out and put myself through a sufferfest and possibly get injured.  Triathlon is supposed to be fun, after all, not miserable.

So, my triathlon season is officially over. At first I was going to label it a complete bust, but looking back it really wasn't. I did one triathlon, one splah & dash, and a 1.2 mile open water swim. I also did a couple of 5k's and one 10k, so I guess I'm still moving. I also have a 5k scheduled for November 1 with some friends - and at least one of them is a walker like me.  I think in the past everything was so new and exciting, so maybe that made it more memorable for me. I also figured out that I prefer to do more "training" in the fall/winter/spring. In the summer I want to workout just for the sake of working out.  I like to play a lot of golf in the summer and tend to do a lot more socializing, and it makes it harder to follow a training schedule. Knowing this now, I'll just have to plan my races based on this - in other words, no September races!

I'm looking forward to more strength training between now and the end of the year - once we get past our bathroom remodel project - and then it's time to start planning next year. I'm sure I'll toss in another 5k before the end of the year, too.