I'll be posting all my workouts here...well, maybe not all. But if you're interested in following what I'm doing feel free to read and/or join me!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Back in the water

warm up -the usual 800m GAWD it felt good!!

1500 pull long and strong -had a dimwit in my lane and ended up doing about 5 or 6 mid lane flip turns just to avoid him at the walls, then this other guy got in wearing hand paddles and I was seriously concerned I was going to loose a finger -or a hand for that matter.

4x50 T long and strong

4x50 scull/E

8x25 Y on a minute

4x50 T

cool down


lots o' stretching

no bike, just weights today.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

it IS adding up!!

I received a little bit of pay of for my efforts in the pool and at the gym in the last month.

Yesterday I ran 10km in the Nyuzen Road Race (I ran it last year after a nasty flu and would rather forget that I participated as I barely made it across the finish line...). This time I was healthy and pretty much ready to run - although I hadn't been training specifically for a road race (I've only run twice since the Toyama Relay Marathon) I knew that I was strong enough to finish with a better time than my last 10km.

My time: 53:21 -I cringe as I post that time as I know it's not fast by any means. But it is a best time for me, which is a minute consolation. As I've said to Kirsten too many times; just think how fast I COULD be if I actually ran regularly! I find it frustrating that I have no problem packing up my swim and gym bags and driving 20 minutes to the pool/gym to spend an evening there, but I can put on a pair of running shoes and sports bra and head down the road for an hour's run.

Each time I run another road race I think to myself, "Ok, after this I'll run once or twice a week, then I'll demolish my time at the next race!" .....and I never do it. It doesn't help that winter is coming and running outside will be impossible for the next 4 or 5 months. There are treadmills and a running track at the gym, but the thought of pounding away like that for 60 minutes instantly puts a snarl on my face.

....so if your still reading this rant you're probably asking "Then why the heck are you doing it??". I'm not sure really. Part of it is probably the social aspect of road races, seeing familiar faces going through the same test as I am. Then there's the feeling of pushing myself -talking myself through each km "Ok, just run to the next set of lights and then worry about what comes next", and the feeling of crossing the finish line, collecting my time card, and the giving and receiving of congratulatory words from my peers. Then comes the jello legs, the post-sweat chill, and the great feeling of taking off my running shoes and slipping my feet into flip flops. And in Japan, the whole experience wraps up with a bowl of nabe (fresh veggie stew with a bit of beef or pork and tofu thrown in). It all adds up, I guess.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Pool's Closed

The pool's closed this week so that means more gym time!
I don't know if I can go a whole week without being in the water...

warmed up on the bike
stretched for 30 min
ran for 30 minutes
biked for 35 minutes
cool down and stretching

The Nyuzen Road Race is only 4 days away!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Swim Meet!

details to come...

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Run Time

My first run since the Toyama Marathon, good grief.

Ran for 40 minutes.

Friday, November 11, 2005

800 warm up 400RIM 400IM kk no board
200 T
4x50 E long and strong
1500 P - I tailed one of the triathlon guys...
4x25 Y
8x50 cool down

One of the gentlemen who is in charge of the swim meet on Sunday cornered me and asked me to sign up.

....I agreed, Kirstens should be happy.

I hate sprints.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

800 warm up 400RIM 400 IMkk
1500 pull @ 26:00
200 T EZ
8x25 Y @ 1:00
4x50 Y @ 2:00
8x25 Y @ 1:00
4x50 scull/E
200 EZ

-gym day-

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Healthy Again

After a bout of food poisoning and a trip to Tokyo I'm back in the water - and Kirsten's trying to convince me to swim in the community swim meet this weekend....hm.

800 warm up 400RIM 400IMkk
4x100 E @ 2:00
4x100 P @2:00
8x50 Y-IM @ 1:15
100 kk
200 scull
4x24 Y
cool down

Thursday, November 03, 2005

800 warm up 400RIM 400IM kick
4x200 E @ 1:00RIB
4x200 Pull E @ 1:00RIB
4x100 kk @ 1:00RIB
8x25 Y @ 1:00
200 EZ

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

warm up 800 - 400RIM / 400 RIM kick (no board)
timed 1500 SWIM (first time) -time 25:00
200 EZ
8x50 Y-IM @ 1:20
4x100 kk @ 1:00 RIB
8x25 Y long and strong
300 cool down