I had a pretty challenging swimming workout today:
Some 1200yards warm-upish and then 2x100yards @ 1:35, 8x100 @ 1:50, 2x100 @1:35, all back to back. I kinda knew that those 100 @ 1:35 would be a long stretch and that I might drown in process but I was ready to do my very very best. Apparently my very very best was not enough, because I did not make the 2nd intervals already.
Already the first was only so-so, I only had time to look at the clock and had to start the second 100, which I did in 1:37ish.
8 100s @ 1:50 were easy-peasy, I did them roughly in 1:37-1:42 and felt strong and efficient and then last 100s came. I really tried but pushed only 1:36 for the first one and I am not entirely sure for the second one, I think it was around 1:39. But it was more like 200 than 2x100 because I had no rest between.
I do not know how to go faster. I really don't. Longer strokes? Faster strokes? Probably faster longer strokes:) I know that other no-swimming-background people have the same problem, we do not know how to work hard in pool. YET!!!
Before (December and prior) I would just kick like crazy and that will propel me forward, but I don't do that anymore, I am trying to save legs for running and biking and use my arms instead. Ok, I tried to kick like crazy but it seems that I have forgotten how to do that. Before (you know, prior to December) my legs used to hurt a lot, not my arms, only my legs, now only arms hurt and even they don't hurt as much as I think they should.
I think that I am getting some swimmer's muscles on my arms, I can sometimes see them, although they are mostly covered by fat. I am fat and out of shape, but who is not in February, and few days before period, right? I should ditch that stupid car, it is making me fat because I do not walk as much as I used to and now I can actually go and buy food.
Maybe I will ride a bike to work tomorrow. Today was a perfect day for a bike ride (well, not perfect, but better than other winter days in Michigan in February) but I could not go and try out my new bike because I had promised to another intern at work that we would go to the movies. I have already canceled on him last week so I could not stood him up again today. We saw Just go with it, it was pretty funny. (I am not a very sophisticated movie watcher, I hate movies that make you think. But I am sophisticated enough to think that Mean Girls is one of the stupidest movies ever.)
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