Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday's Tidbits

Had a couple days off from work this week. Wednesday I spent it with a good friend that is visiting from Florida. We went into Boston to see the Red Sox take on The Texas Rangers at Fenway Park. It was an afternoon game so it made for a really long day. But always a great time at the park! Before we left, I got in a good 6+ miles to start off my day right.

Whether I'm working or not, I always end up waking up around 5:30am. It was like that yesterday and today was no different. This morning I planned on going to the lake to practice more on my swimming.

That's what drowning my swimming feels like....

I haven't posted much about my swimming, but I have been going over to Webster Lake (or Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in these parts) at least 3-4 times a week. I got there this morning a bit before 7am and I chugged at it for good hour or so. My swimming still sucks, but I'm starting to feel a bit more comfortable with it. I can't go for long distances yet and I ended up getting way too tired too fast. I have gotten some pointers by a few people at work, but I have a hard time applying their tips to my swimming. It's hard. I need to get the whole breathing at the right time and not swallowing a gallon of water thing down pat first. That is my biggest challenge..... One day at a time I guess.

After "swimming", I rode my bike for a good 8 miles around town and went back home. The kids were still sleeping when I got back so I decided to throw on my running shoes and go for a quick one. I did my usual 4.5 miles loop.

I just did a mini triathlon!! And it felt great! Only a couple weeks of this great weather left, I must do this a couple more times! I'm tellin' ya, if I can get past my swimming issue, a triathlon is a definite in my future! I welcome any tips.

This weekend I plan on running some trails at Douglas State Forest. I joined a couple of local Facebook Running\Runners groups and I'm trying to get a few people that may know the area join me. I have gotten a few responses but no bites yet. Don't really want to run them by myself, but I guess I will if I have to.

Have a great weekend everyone!!


Char said...

The best tip I could give you (being a non-triathlete) comes from reading a very new triathlete's blog. She wasn't much of a swimmer either so went and had lessons. And she didn't drown!

Bill Fine said...

good job on the "home-grown" are a BEAST!!! Have a great weekend!

smacedo said...

Might be worth looking into an adult swim class. Swimming, unlike running and cycling, is very dependent on good form that can be hard to master without real guidance. You don't get much from just swimming endless laps, you get much more out of swimming less but with very good form. It's about efficiency. Keep it up though!