Last night I fell asleep watching tv for about 45 minutes then went right to bed. Since I’ve been waking up earlier than I need to I tried to stay up later but that didn’t work. Once up I got my swim gear ready and got on my bike. Swim practice went pretty well. My funk from earlier this week is passing but I’m having a bit of a shoulder problem. It’s an on going thing that comes and goes and sometimes I just swim through the pain. Today I just pushed myself when I needed to and pulled back on the easier intervals. I need to ice my shoulder later. Turnout was pretty small today so the two fast lanes only had two people per lane. The best part of it was that I liked the 3 other guys so it was a stress free workout. Don’t get me wrong, I do like everyone on the team but some can be annoying as you probably have read about in previous posts.
We started our warmup with just random swimming for ten minutes. Then on to a warm up set made up of a 200 drill, 2x100’s kick and then 4x50’s swim. I mixed some free, butterfly and backstroke trying to see if I could get my shoulder to relax.
8x150’s on 2:15 50 Free / 50 Stroke /50 Free
6x100’s free on 1:20/1:15/1:10/1:20/1:15/1:10
The 100 on 1:10 was just a matter of touching and going with a very short second or two for a breather. By the last 100 my shoulder was hurting but still able to push myself a bit.
4x150’s on 2:30 50 Stroke / 50 Free / 50 Stroke
6x75’s on 1:10 rotating IM, butter/back/breast, back/breast/free, breast/free/butterfly, free/butterfly/breast, butter/back/breast and back/breast/free
After workout I was very impressed by one of the young uber fast swimmers as he was giving me tips on my turns. My turns are bad I know and I’ve been working on them but it was just nice to hear his tip. I’m going to try his little tip to working on turns, which I’ll talk about after I try it in a future post. I think I’m feeling better about swimming after all. I might try Saturday mornings practice and see what my motivation level is. But after talking to a few people today about swimming and just life in general I realized that being on a team is one of the best things I’ve done.
It’s around 4pm in the afternoon and I just finally got a minute to start to write something. Boy what a day! Today was the morning of my deposition. Woke up late and got to the gym after 6pm to burn off way too much wine from last night. Did my normal routine then hit the showers. On my way out of the shower my flip flops strap broke and as I went to fix it dropped my soap, shampoo and conditioner. Grabbed all my stuff and started to get dressed when I realized I forgot my tie and belt. So I got to work about 8:40 here in Beverly Hills and didn’t leave to 9:45 to get to Glendale by 10:00. Not going to happen.
Those who know me know I don’t drive too far. My car doesn’t like driving any more than 5 miles at a time. Hell it’ a Fiat Spider from 1978, a beat up wreck on wheels. So I’m driving on the high way, wait stuck in traffic on the highway baking in the morning sun. Finally get off the 134 were I then get lost. I drive up and down the street looking at the numbers of the buildings trying to find where the office was. Finally as my car’s water temp reader is indicating that my car is about to overheat I pull over and call the law office. I tell the receptionist I’m lost and that I’m at the corner of street A and B. She tells me that she never heard of that street but the building is behind a hotel and I should just look for the sign of the hotel. So I turn around and head back when I realized if I look down an alley the sign for the hotel. At that point my car stalled at a stop sign...fuck I’m gonna overheat so bad. Fortunately it started right away. So I head down the ally/street trying to find out how to enter the parking garage. Two entrances for monthly parking only and no visitor parking. After about three illegal U-turns I drive down the wrong way on a one way street leading to the visitor parking entrance. I’m now over 20 minutes late. Twenty minutes late and dripping of sweat.
On the highway back I was behind a truck hauling crushed rock so I had to dodge falling rock for about 10 minutes. Got it in the forehead once Doh! About and hour and half later I’m down and I’m back to Beverly Hills. Due to the traffic I got off the highway fearing my car would just stop and headed back on Olympic. During the drive I drank two bottles of water to avoid dying of heat exhaustion. I get into my buildings elevator so wet from the heat on my way back I can feel the sweat pour down my legs and arms. I get in my office, sit down and just feel the sweat pool in my pants. I’m a mess. Part of the leather on my heel is coming undone so now as I walk around the office I’m tripping. Ugh, and I got sunburn from driving.
Scrambled for about two hours to catch up work and finally got lunch at 3pm after drinking two additional bottles of water. I was feeling a bit sick but now that I ate I feel better. On the way to the rest room I noticed that the leather on the bottom of one of my dress shoes was coming off so now I’m tripping while I’m walking. I so want to go home now and drink another bottle of wine. That is if my car starts after work. This day sucks!
So three years ago I witnessed an accident and
recently was served with a subpoena to testify at a deposition. I don’t’ want to go and I just came up with
the perfect excuse. So tomorrow I’m
going to call the law firm and tell them that it wasn’t me that witnessed it
that it was actually my trick of the night who I let borrow my car to get more
condoms at 7/11. And since it was three
years ago I don’t know who it was so I can’t run to the fuckin’ Valley in the
middle of summer and testify. Mission Accomplished.
With the Gay Games just less than 3 weeks away the 6 am practice is getting busier and busier. Between having four people in the lane and me being in a funk it took everything I could muster to stay in the pool today. Every so often I get in a funk over swimming and just really don’t care about it. Waking up at 5am to get to the pool in the morning slowly wears me down to the point I’m just back to thinking that I’m just here for the cardio not for the competition.
With next Wednesday being my 2 year anniversary of swimming after a 17 year vacation I remember how the point of me joining was to get a great cardio workout as I can’t push myself I needed a coach with a set workout. But then over time I swam in my first meet, than another one and then went to IGLA in Atlanta last year. After that I told myself I was going to cut back and take it easy. But I continued going to swim practice then swam in a meet in December which made me decide to sign up for the Gay Games. Now with the Games a few weeks away I’m in a funk. I’m just not motivated. I actually was thinking of scrapping the Gay Games.
Sunday while shopping at Costco the idea started to solidify in me as I passed televisions that cost as much as I’ve budgeted for the Games. Between walking by the televisions and XBox360 then thinking about my shitty car the idea grew and grew. Yes I’d be eating plane fair, hotel deposit and registration fees but I could have a tv worthy of my viewing time.
I’m sure it won’t be a problem for my team to find a replacement in my relays and in Pink Flamingo. I already paid for my Pink Flamingo costume so someone could have one for free. This is so typical me when an event that I signed up for approaches I get second thoughts. I’m not one to follow through on things, I’m a drop out kind of guy. I figure I have to Sunday’s Pink Flamingo rehearsal to decide if I’m going to go or not. Since I’m taking the time off from work I’d have a whole week with an xbox 360 and a new tv to play with if I don’t go.
Okay so I biked to swim practice this morning feeling better than Monday but still in a funk. Some of the night time faster swimmers swam with us so I just decided to go last. Workout was a thinking persons workout which is so not what I do at 6am. By “thinking persons workout” I mean that for example with did some 100’s that we were suppose to do on pace and remember that pace for a later set. Then in a 500 Free set we had to say what our pace would be and then do that pace. The coach asked person by person what pace they were going to do and a final goal time. When she got to me I said “i don’t know, after the person in front of me”. Other people in my lane told me I should know my pace but I just don’t. I know I write about swimming on my blog but when I’m swimming I’m too busy thinking about counting my breathing, counting the laps and thinking about work and such that I can’t remember times and think about my swimming. I just do it. In that 500 I caught up to the person in front of me to which someone commented that I needed to step up my workouts. Now I know everyone tries to boost others with compliments and suggestions but I find them annoying.
When I was a kid I was an okay swimmer who used every excuse in the book to get out of swim practice early every day. I asked my parents to let me quit but they wouldn’t the pressured me to swim. So when I was in high school I just quit. I had enough of swimming, of coaches of teammates pushing me. It just wasn’t worth it and that is how I’m feeling now. It’s a funk I know that I’ll get out of I just don’t know if I’ll get out of it in time for the Games.
So here is the workout:
warmup 300 free / 300 stroke with drilling and kicking
6x100’s free/stroke on 1:20/1:30 2 drill / 2 focus on technique / 2 focus on walls
500 Free 25 drill / 75 swim
4x100’s Free on 1:15
500 Free for time, did a 5:45
100 for time, did a so slow 1:03
Like I said today I was in a funk. The funny thing about it is that I have a piece of paper in my desk drawer with a list of my best meet times and I just realized my fastest 500 Free i 5:42 and I did a 5:45 in workout. So maybe my body isn’t in as much of a funk as my mind is. Maybe I just need a mind adjustment. I’m going to watch my dvd documentary “Gay Games VI: Under New Skies” for motivation today.
So at lunch time I got on my bike and headed home to drop it off so I could then pick up my car when while crossing Olympic Blvd trying to beat traffic my bike chain fell off. I had to jump off my bike and scramble to make it to the other side without getting killed. I pick up my car which only cost 60 bucks to get new spark plugs in and Leonard, my Fiat doctor, said I was lucky because a piece of the plug just fell into the cyndars of my engine. It could have done some serious damage. My little Fiat (fix it again tony) has been a regular drain on my bank account more than ever of late. Hopefully this will be the last visit to the Fiat Doctor for a very very long time.
I had to bring my car into the mechanic yet again this morning so I ran to the gym did a shortened workout and ran back home. After that I dropped my car off and biked to work. Pretty boring morning at the gym I was half asleep and yawned through most of my workout. Maybe because I woke up a bit earlier to get to the gym early or maybe the fact that of late I wake up throughout the night. Summer is here in LA so it’s hot and for those like me without air conditioning the fan doesn’t cut it. So I’ve been waking up around 3 or 4 in the morning and cant’ get back asleep. Hopefully eventually I’ll just get tired enough that I’ll sleep a whole night eventually.
The one good thing about getting up earlier was that the gym is a little less busier at 5am as opposed to anytime after 6. I did get enough sleep that when running this morning I realized I’m fully recovered from the weekends fun so hopefully swim tomorrow will go swimingly.
Well that is my daily post. Not much to rant about. Going to pick up my car at lunch. Wahoo..wheels again. Oh and after viewing over one hundred pictures of this weekends party not a single photo of me in my toga was to be found. Oh well, next time.
With less than three weeks to the Games here is Monday’s Gay Games news roundup. The games will unofficially kickoff on Friday when openly gay former NFL linebacker Esera Tuaolo and South African Olympian Leigh-Ann Nadoo will keynote Sports Equality Day, a special one-day sports conference. Read more about the conference online HERE.
CBS 2 news reports that about 70 athletes are signed up to row in an event in Crystal Lake for this year’s Gay Games. Read more online HERE.
This past weekend Team Sydney hosts Gay Games gathering. You can read more about that online HERE.