Sunday, March 22, 2009

My butt hurts

Yesterday our "New to the Sport" group (a.k.a. the Tri Newbies) did a killer workout. We started with core strengthening exercises at Al Painter's place, Integrate Performance Fitness. For an hour. I kid you not. An hour of intense exercises, some of which I could not hold for the required 45 seconds, that's how hard they were.

Then we all got our bikes and our trainers and set them up and warmed up while Al went home and got his bike. When he came back, he popped in a bike workout tape and we did intense interval training for about 50 min. Near the end, the power went out to the block, but we just kept spinning.

Then I came home and took a three hour nap! Today, muscles in my butt I didn't know I had are reminding me that they exist. I am not too sore elsewhere though. Just tired.

It was the last day of our "Champions" swim clinic today and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do it. I went anyway and just didn't push myself as hard as normal and it was fine. I'm glad I went because we had underwater video taping! So I got to see what I look like down where no one can see. Apparently I have good elbow position. Even some of the good swimmers who leave me in the dust were impressed. My head position has improved dramatically from when I started as well. Yeah!

But I kick too much and my timing on my strokes isn't exactly right. Or rather sometimes it's acceptable and sometimes it isn't. I also am not breathing steadily ... which I already knew. I tend to go "blub, blub, pause, blub, blub, pause, blub, blub, pause" instead of "blub, blub, blub, blub, blub, blub". So more stuff to work on.

Plus the video tape makes me want to have plastic surgery. It's not just that I look fat underwater. Everyone does, even the skinny minnies. It's that my excess skin ripples. It's kind of distracting to watch, actually. Not to mention a bit gross. It's a good thing people can't normally see what's going on underwater!

They are talking about having more swim clinics. I'd like that as I'd like to learn bi-directional breathing. I can't breathe on my left-side for squat. Plus, it's a good way to get in swimming twice a week. Or I could just make myself come by a second time a week on my own, I guess. I keep saying I'm going to do that, but then I don't.

I'm also wondering about signing up for a membership at Integrate Performance. My workout partner at work and I have been talking about doing strength training. There are some guys who are approved to come to the free gym at work. But Al knows triathlon and he made our workout targeted for things that triathletes need. I don't think I'm going to get that with the gym trainers. On the other hand, I'm not sure I can afford IPF. It costs as much as a gym membership! I guess I'll have to think about it some more.
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