Friday, February 20, 2009

Water World

Disclaimer: That title was just the first thing that came into my head. This post has nothing to do, nor is it in any way affiliated with the movie, Waterworld, or the water park, Water World. This post is just a woman rambling about her swimming adventures this morning. 

Now that I've got that straight, on with the post.

So, do you think I got up at 6:00 this morning? Nope, I didn't. Pete talked me out of it last night saying that cutting 2 hours of sleep out is not going to be sustainable and that I'm going to need more sleep as I train more. I'm also having doubts about if I should even do the preschool group I was a part of planning the other day . There are just not enough hours in the day. Maybe if we switched it to Tuesdays and Thursdays. We'll see how it goes next week.

Pete was working from home today so I was able to leave Ethan in bed when I left to take Mindy to school and Elle came with me to the gym. When I dropped her off, she said, "I not have anyone to pay with." She's used to having her brother there so I was worried it would be a problem, but it ended up being fine and she played with the other little girls in there. I was happy to leave Ethan in bed, and apparently he slept in until like 9:45! Hopefully that will help him get better.

My training for the day was a long swim. Here is what my plan said:
S: long day-mental toughness day!
6 x 500, odds are RPE3, evens RPE 5
I usually swim in the little shallow-water lap pool, but today I swam in the deep water pool so that was different. I got to watch all the legs of the people doing deep water aerobics alongside me so that was...interesting. At one point I saw a guy that looked so much like a cartoon frog with a big belly, float belt, and booties that made his feet look kind of webbed. It was kind of funny, and I could picture him suddenly springing out of the water to catch a fly. I tried not to think too much about these people though, because it's great that they're out there doing their water aerobics. It just looks funny from underwater, that's all.

So, 6 sets of 500 meters means 6 sets of 10 laps. I still have to convert it in my mind before I start so I don't get confused. I still was confused when I came home and told Pete I swam 6,000 meters, and he was like, "That's a lot!" But once we went over it again, it turns out I did 3,000 meters which sounds more reasonable, but still a lot mind you. 3,000 meters is 1 and 3/4 miles. The 2.4 miles I will need to do in the Ironman is 4,000 meters (actually, 4,000 meters is about 2.485 miles, so a little less). That is 80 laps. So, I would only need to do 2 more sets of 500. Cool.

My faster sets (evens) ended up being about 10:30 and the easier ones(odds) were around 11:00. I counted laps by watching the digital clock and trying to keep my laps around a minute each. This method works pretty well, and lets my mind wander to things like, "what am I going to write on my blog today?" 

I should swim in this pool more often since it has the digital clock facing it and the other one doesn't. I rested in between sets so I was probably in the water about an hour and 15 minutes total. It was almost 2 hours when I picked Elle up from the daycare. Whew.


  1. haha, i remember that underwater scene. It was funny to me too, and i thought the same thing, good that its happening, the workout.
    colleen, can you come here and work out with me? i am seriously lacking motivation :(
    hope everyone gets better quickly!
    xx lori

  2. I wish I could go there and workout with you, but that would take even more time than driving the 7 miles to the gym! :) It would be worth it though. It's been too long since I've been to the beach.

    It is really hard to have motivation without a race, that's what I've noticed, and that's one of the reasons why I keep scheduling more races. You could make yourself a goal and a little plan to follow. I'm the type that does really good if I have a plan and and end goal. I don't know, just a suggestion. :)

  3. and a very good one! your right. thanks sweetie!