Yesterday, I went to my third hash. It was the 7th Annual Super Soaker Hash - which basically meant that once that hash started it was a constant water fight. I had two medium-sized water guns...and there was a pool at the end of the hash, so everyone went in - and we still were squirting each other. It was technically a run, but I'm calling it cross training because I was carrying water guns. Dinner was served after the pool "party" and was delicious. I got up at 7am today for a 5 miler. Good start to the weekend!
I did add the backstroke this workout as well - so I did laps with freestyle, sidestroke and backstroke. Like I said, I felt a lot better - much less winded and was able to complete each 100m portion without stopping every 25m like last time.
I also tried something new on Saturday - hashing. It has nothing to do with illegal substances, but rather is a social gathering that involves a mixture of drinking and exercising. Some participants are there more for one reason than the other, but it was a lot of fun. We biked a course that was set only an hour previously using flour, and the object is to try to figure the course out while completing smaller challenges along the way. I'm doing a terrible job of explaining it, but it was a lot of fun. This is a good site that explains it a bit more. Needless to say, the 10 mile bike ride that included going over the bridge to Clearwater twice kind of wiped me out and I was not feeling up to a 7 mile run the next day. The hashes are usually runs - this was a special bike hash - so future hashes should fit into my training. This was also my first non-stationary bike ride in over 7 years, so I'm happy I didn't wipe out.
But, I’ll get to that. :o)
So, yesterday I continued my trend of running at the gym after work. I amped it up (extreme!) to 6.5 mph for 30 minutes and ran almost 3.3 miles. Very happy with that. The Voice was on and I had the cardio room to myself, so I watched the first half of that (and finished it once I got home on the DVR).
And now, to discuss taking the Lord’s name in vain earlier.
I found a program similar to “Couch to 5K” but for swimming. The first workout consists of 4 x 100m (with 12 breath breaks in between each 100m), 4 x 50m (with 8 breath breaks) and 4 x 25m (with 4 breath breaks). I stopped at Sports Authority and bought some Speedo® goggles. They fit pretty well and I didn’t get water in my eyes at all. I debated on what swimsuit to wear – thinking the smaller and tighter the better – but I’m glad I went with mid-length trunks, so I didn't stick out too bad. It is a semi-public pool and I was the only one doing laps. The rest of the kids were all playing, diving, etc. and had long board shorts hanging off with their underwear visible. I don’t understand this! You want your suit to dry off as soon as possible once you’re out of the water. Cotton (boxer) briefs don’t allow that. But I digress…
I was unable to complete the Week 1 workout – at least with the freestyle stroke. I got to my third 100m and had to switch to the sidestroke – I could not get enough air in between strokes and I
started swallowing water. I think I went out too fast. In any case, I am sure my arms will be a little weak tomorrow.
According to the workout, which says you can swim a mile after six weeks if you follow the program, I need to swim three times a week. I should iterate here that this is not my goal. I am merely using swimming as a cross-training activity so I have some variation – right now it’s just elliptical and stationary bicycling. As I’ve said before, cross-training is twice a week.
Because of today’s performance, I know I have a long way to go. It felt eerily similar to when I started running over a year ago – barely able to jog for 3 minutes. It was definitely eye-opening. I have a newfound appreciation for swimmers like Ryan Lochte (see above) – meaning, those that compete at any athletic level. I consider myself a fairly good swimmer, but I have never done laps before today. We shall see how I develop - skill- and body-wise.