Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The stick was sooo good tonight

For most of the swim me and Mr. Elegant shared a lane. Back and forth. Smooth. Peaceful. Harmonious. Then all of a sudden 2 people joined us, neither of which I'd ever seen before. The girl only lasted a couple laps before she moved to the next lane. Thank you. The guy, splashy sloppy stroke, fins and all, hung in there, flailing back and forth doing 50 m intervals in about the time we were doing our average pace. At least he kept out of the way. I forgot my watch so I had to squint at the pace clock. It's placed so the walking lanes can see it most easily, which doesn't make a lot of sense. I'm going to say I was in the water an hour.

The big workout of the day was the run, 2 hours. Steady. I started where the path crosses 37 St, ran easy up to the reservoir, turned left, ran down the hill, across the bridge, up the hill, and well into North Glenmore park, then back again. I figure 17 K or so. Most of it was good, though 60 to 90 minutes was a bit of a slog with my calves getting tired. Then I picked it up and ran strong the last 30 minutes. I was about 100 m from my starting point, and since I'd promised my legs we wouldn't run any more than 120 minutes, I didn't run it out. Stretched and walked 10 minutes to warm up, then walked 15 to cool down and stretched about 20 minutes. Rollered my legs with the stick. That was so good!

Oddly enough, the clouds looked more threatening when I set out than they did last night, but nothing came of it. The temp was nice for running, starting off quite warm, then cooling off a bit. Lots of people on the bike path which is nice to see. Took two flasks of Nuun with me. That felt a bit weird running with something in both hands, and I'm not sure I'll do that again. Not a fan of belts of stuff around my waist though. But for anything over an hour I need a bit of fluid.

And no, Shannon, I have no idea what the other people in the pool would give me as a nickname. I shudder to think, especially if they see me before my hair gets wet in the shower.

4 comments:

  1. hahaha.

    Change of plans for Friday...going to swim out at Ghost Lake on Sunday morning instead. Jill Kirker will be leading a group out there at 10am if you are interested. Chris, her husband, will be there as well. It is an open invite

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  2. Great minds think alike! I also wrote about my stick roller!

    We actually were doing core sessions with UCTC after every swim. I did notice a difference. I really should start doing it again-no excuse other than laziness!!

    I don't want to be one of those people, which is why I didn't sign up for the Calgary 70.3.
    Our triathlon training right now already takes a big chunk of time so we would really become hermits!! I think it is more of a "down the road" sort of thing. I really do want to volunteer or watch one first.

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  3. Great minds think alike! I also wrote about my stick roller!

    We actually were doing core sessions with UCTC after every swim. I did notice a difference. I really should start doing it again-no excuse other than laziness!!

    I don't want to be one of those people, which is why I didn't sign up for the Calgary 70.3.
    Our triathlon training right now already takes a big chunk of time so we would really become hermits!! I think it is more of a "down the road" sort of thing. I really do want to volunteer or watch one first.

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  4. You're dirty. I didn't even read the rest of your post. ;)

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