Broken Goggles and Broken Promises

Ahh...swimming.  Not that I"m complaining, oh wait I love to complain.  In face I love to bitch, moan and complain!  It's more of a hobby for me.  Anyways, I haven't been able to swim that much due to work.  Which is good, I think.  On Thursday I didn't swim since I taught spinning (group ride) at 5:45am, 7am, 9:30am and 10:45am then taught group power (a cardio weight training class) at noon.  Then Friday morning I taught group power again at 5:45am and spinning at 815am.  I slept in on Saturday and taught the 10am spinning class.  So I'm getting workouts in just not swimming workouts. Photo(4)But all this spinning is giving me super strong legs!  The above picture is from Halloween.  It's a bit blurry but I was Superman! 

I keep promising myself that I'll swim more and more.  It's hard to do but I can if I try make a couple of 30 minute swims.  But alas the snooze button seems so nice in the morning.  But after this week mornings are getting easier.  Since I've been doing more and more morning classes I'm getting into the routine of going to bed earlier and earlier.  Last night I was in bed around 8:30pm.  That was a Saturday night.  I was beat.  I also wanted to get up and swim today.  I set a few alarms for times after 6am.  Figured I'd get to the pool at 7:30am and swim an hour before my swim mates arrived.  Photo(5)I pretty much had the pool all to myself today.  Which is good and bad.  I'm not as motivated to swim when I'm alone.  I sorta just relax in between swims.  Now I had a workout to swim with me but being alone I kept on changing it.  DeckEven with the whole pool to myself I got in the wall lane.  It's a bit wider then the other lanes and I figured that way no one would bother me if others came and swam. PhotoThe water was actually not too warm.  The air temp was in the mid-50'sF,  I did an easy 500 warm Garmin_swimup.  I swam some of it, then pulled without paddles then finshed with paddles. 

Then a 200 kick easy with fins.  The first 25 felt great.  Then my legs didn't like having to workout.  I pulled out an old workout and modified a drill/kick/swim set.  I did 2x100's 25 Catch Up Drill/ 50 Kick / 25 Swim all with fins.  (900)

2x300's on 4:30.  The first one was pullng w/o paddles the second one w/ paddles. 

1    4:10.7     300     1:24
2    3:59.8     300     1:20

I was feeling okay.  Not great but okay.  Being alone I took some rest.  (600/1500)  The workout I was going to do had me doing 4x75's pace free on 1:15.  I decided I didn't want to do that so I did 4x50's Fly/Free by 25 on 1:05.  (200/1700)

2x200's on 3:00.  The first one was pulling w/o paddles the second one w/paddles.

1    2:46.0     200     1:23
2    2:34.7     200     1:17

Once again just okay.  No motivation really to go much faster.  (400/2100) Swim_gear4x50's Back/Free by 25 on 1:05 (200/2300)

2x100's Free.  The first one pulling w/o paddles the second oen w/paddles.  I sorta messed up and went too slow on the first one so by the time I put on the paddles I missed the 2 minutes so did it on 2:30.  Yeah, I'm that slow these days.  (200/2500)

4x50's Breast/Free by 25 on 1:05 (200/2700)

And that was it.  Oh I took some extra rest at various points then when my goggles broke I had to get out and grab another pair.  Ministry_of_swimmingMy favorite pair.  Gone!  They are from an New Zealand company called Ministry of Swimming.  I've had them for about two years so I can't complain.  Over time I've used other goggles but when they fail I kept going back to these.   They are called Zombie Racing Goggles, how can you not like anything  ZOMBIE?  And yes they are very much like Barracuda HydroBat Racing Goggle Mirror.  Very very much like except I had a pair of Barracuda HydroBat Racing Goggle Mirror that last me less then three months while the Ministry of Swimming last me two years.  Go figure!  I guess it's time to order more goggles.  I may go back to my cheapo bungie swedes.  WaybehindOnce again my lack of swimming has me way way behind in my Go The Distance goal yardage for 2012.  This is even with me downgrading from 300 miles to 250 miles.  At least I'm close to 200 miles.  I guess this will give me something to beat next year!

Jan    26.14 miles (=46,000 yards, =42,062 meters)
Feb    21.68 miles (=38,150 yards, =34,884 meters)
Mar    19.36 miles (=34,075 yards, =31,158 meters)
Apr    14.29 miles (=25,150 yards, =22,997 meters)
May    18.67 miles (=32,853 yards, =30,041 meters)
Jun    11.16 miles (=19,650 yards, =17,968 meters)
Jul    17.97 miles (=31,625 yards, =28,918 meters)
Aug    21.08 miles (=37,100 yards, =33,924 meters)
Sep    17.59 miles (=30,950 yards, =28,301 meters)
Oct    17.99 miles (=31,659 yards, =28,949 meters)
Nov    3.52 miles (=6,200 yards, =5,669 meters)
Total    189.44 miles (=333,412 yards, =304,872 meters)

Motivation: Swim Faster

Yeah, I haven't been swimming.  But I really have a good reason!  All weekend long I was practicing to teach Group Ride / Spinning.  I got to sub this week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning.  That with my regular job has cut into my swim time.  I'll be back in the water and off the bike starting this Thursday.  Hopefully down the road I'll be doing as many Group Ride / Spinning posts as I do swimming. 

No Swim. All Ride.

So no swimming today as I did a mini-marathon Group Ride today.  With vacations one of the instructor taught the the morning classes today.  That's 5:45, 7:00, 8:15 and 9:30 all back to back.  Since she has been mentoring me she got to get off the bike for the last three listed above and had me on the bike upfront "co-teaching."  She did most of the talking but I spoke up from time to time and gave some direction.  I didn't know the releases she did so I had to play it by ear.  Had a blast and a damn good workout.