Back To It

Well, today was my first workout since last Tuesday – a week and two days.  I don’t feel like I was slacking – there were storms, then we moved a bunch of stuff all weekend and on Monday and Tuesday.  The moving stuff counted as exercise, I think.  It definitely worked me.  Yesterday I didn’t do anything because … well, because I needed a rest.  And it was good.  But today was the first structured workout in over a week.  I’m happy with it.  It was a little short, but I worked hard, and the sprint triathlons’ swim distances are usually between a quarter and a half mile.  So now I’m back to it.  Tomorrow: Bike.

8/31/06 Workout – Swim

I swam today, my first workout in over a week.  Good one, too.  I swam a half mile all at once, no breaks.  took me 20 minutes and 20 seconds, which is my fastest half mile so far.  Unfortunately, I pushed myself a tad too far.  I was going to try to go a full mile today, but after pushing hard for the first half mile I couldn’t go on.  I tried doing a warm-down 1/4 mile with extra pushes off the side of the pool, but after doing 100 yards I just couldn’t continue.  So I did a float-on-my-back lap as a final cool down and left.

Excuses and Excuses

So i haven’t worked out since Tuesday.  Feel pretty crappy about it, too.

Yesterday should have been a bike or run, but I went to bed too late Tuesday night.  Not enough sleep.  This morning I was going to bike, but it thunderstormed all night and morning.  Also, my wife woke me up and asked me to hold our daughter at right about the time that I would have gotten up to exercise.  Apparently she’d been up all night.  :(

I think I’m going to swim tomorrow morning.  I’ve got to renew my membership, and I might as well get in another swim.  Next bike?  Monday, probably.

8/22/06 Workout – Swim

I only had time for a short swim Tuesday, and it was hard.  I only did 1/2 mile, but I just couldn’t get comfortable in my stroke until about halfway through.  It was rough.  Otherwise, it was fine.  1/2 miles at a time are doable now, so I imagine I’ll do those.  My next goal: 1 full mile, in 1/2 mile increments.  We’ll see how that goes!

8/18/06 & 8/21/06 workouts – Swim & Bike

More workouts, less posting!

The 8/18 swim was good – I swam 3/4 of a mile again, only this time I went 1/4 mile, rested, then went 1/2 mile without rest!  That was pretty cool.  The 1/2 mile took me about 23 minutes.  Ugh.  That’s a long time, but that’s okay.  Endurance first, then speed!

This morning’s bike ride was great.  I went about 6 miles, with a big push for the last mile.  I really pushed hard for the last mile.  I got off the bike, and started walking to cool off and both of my legs buckled at the same time.  I caught myself before falling, but I know now what to expect for the 2nd transition!  Ha.

Obstacles & Spending

I was slated to run this morning, but I rolled my ankle (again) last week, and it’s been hurting more recently.  So I decided to swim this morning.  Last night, though, we were remodeling the basement (tearing out wood), and I punctured m y arm with a nail.  It didn’t hurt that much, but this morning it had not healed all the way.  Still oozing, so I couldn’t swim.  So I biked. :)

Apparently there are a few items I still need to get.  I’m trying to start saving for a bike, but these things will help now.

  1. Slicks for the bike.  The knobbies have got to go!
  2. Water bottle holder for the bike.  With the rides getting longer, I’m going to need to bring water with me.
  3. A heart rate monitor.  It seems I read or hear everywhere how beneficial these can be for exercising effectively.  Last week alone I heard from 2 different people how great they are (bike shop guy & Mom!).

So, more money to be spent. :(  Ah well.  Then it’s on to Bike saving!

8/15/06 Workout – Bike

Biking went well this morning.  I strayed from my usual mile+ loop.  I rode about 5.5 miles, and went on a different, larger loop.  It was nice.  I paced myself, and did it in about 30 minutes.  That’s roughly 6 minute miles, which is fine.  I didn’t over work myself aerobically, but my leg muscles got a good workout!  At one point in the loop there was a nice hill.  I kept going on it, but it was tough.  It popped up right as I turned a corner.  Nice surprise!  All in all a good workout.

8/10/06 & 8/11/06 Workouts – Swim & Bike

It’s been a few days since these workouts, so I don’t remember specifics.  The swim was the usual 3.4 mile swim, with breaks at each quarter mile.  The new stroke is coming along – not as hard as the fist time.  The bike was better – I have a helmet & tri shorts now, so I feel safer and the shorts really feel … great.  I just hope too many people don’t look my direction! If you do, here’s your apology.  Maybe the sight will look better next year. :)  The biking went better – I went 5 miles without a break.  5 – 6 minute mile for the first 4 miles, then I pushed it for the last mile and did that one in 4 minutes.  I figured out how to pace myself on the bike!   Haha.  Never thought that that would be something that I had a hard time with.

8/9/06 Workout – Run

Just a quick workout note – it’s late!  I ran (well, jogged) this morning, again for approximately 2 miles.  It’s about the best I can do right now.  That’s okay – at least I can do that! I seemed to do fine – I tried to pick up the pace at the end of the 2 miles.  It was tough, but I did it.
Quick note – I got some tri shorts and a helmet today – So I can be safe on the bike, and my legs can be protected a bit when I ride.

8/8/06 Workout – Bike

Biking went … well … today.  Definitely better than the first time.  Jason told me that my pace of roughly 5 minutes per mile on a mountain bike isn’t bad at all, so I’m not as disappointed with my first bike outing.  This time I went 4 miles, with 1 rest in the middle.  I did roughly 5 minute miles again.  My heartrate at the beginning of the rest was around 160, and I headed back out when I calmed down to about 130.

It was a nice ride, and I figured something out.  My distance is limited, it seems, because I have a hard time regulating my speed.  I always want to go faster, and that takes more energy than picking a speed and staying with it.  Maybe I’ll get better at regulating myself and I’ll be able to go further next time.