Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Here I am!

Anyway, I am back and trying to keep up with this thing again. What did you miss? Well, not much really. The last 4 months have flown by in a flurry of work the likes of which I’ve not seen in a few years. We have been in the middle of a new car launch at work and I have been working 60-70 hours a week since the middle of September. I didn’t  do anything exercise related for 12 weeks. Not much time to train when your working 12 hours a day. But then again, if I wanted it bad enough, I would find a way.

  now I think I want it bad enough.

To get things into gear for the 2011 I decided to sign up for swim lessons. I can SORT of swim, but I don’t think of myself as a good swimmer. I always watch the lap swimmers with envy as they slowly and methodically go up and down the pool in such a graceful way. They all look so at ease and relaxed, and I want to learn their secret.

 So anyway, 4 weeks ago I figured it was best to sign up for a class and start from scratch. I make arrangements to leave work an hour early on Sundays so I can go to class. Sunday afternoon comes and I go down to the YMCA. At the start of the first lesson, the instructor asked me to swim a few lengths of the pool to evaluate my form and, to my surprise, she said my form is pretty good but I need to work on breathing and endurance. I expected that my endurance and breathing were poor, but I didn’t think my form was all that good. Its hard to watch yourself when your swimming and I usually feel rushed and very rarely relaxed like the lap swimmers.

With the evaluation out of the way, its time to start working on my breathing and endurance. For the sprint triathlon I am going to do, I only need to swim about 500 yards so we are going to set that as a goal for now. When I say ONLY 500 yards I really mean “oh my god, I cant swim 100 yards without stopping”. After the first 50 yards  My heart rate is racing and I’m trying to catch my breath. “its OK”, the instructor says, it will get better as we move on.

Well, 4 weeks later and things have gotten a bit better. I can now do the 50 yards in front crawl without stopping, and can do 100 yards if I switch between crawl, side and breast stroke. The instructor says the biggest thing for me to work on is breathing slower. Yeah me, slower? I am so hyper active sometimes that I cant slow down. I was breathing every 2 strokes before but now, after lots of work, I am breathing every 4 strokes.

We’ll see how this goes. There are only 2 weeks left in class but I am going to sign up for another 6 weeks.

here we go again...

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