Monday, October 15, 2012

No More Trouble Zones

RoseSwimmer here!

Listen to what happened.  You will never believe what happened.

I swam this morning, and I had a really excellent fabulous time!  Honestly.

Day six.  Now that I made it public and fully accepted letting go of the CIM 3-hour goal, my mind relaxed.  I got over it.  I'm almost kind of enjoying that the break from running is forcing me to try all sorts of new activities that I previously "wouldn't have time" for.  Because previously whenever I found a free hour, it was devoted to running.

In the past weeks, I was craving that 3-hour marathon with every piece of me.  The interruptions in my running were destroying me, because I felt like I was hanging on to the possibility of reaching my goal by a thread, a piece of dental floss.  The closer I got to December, the more I couldn't visualize a marathon with a healthy body.  My running ailments were code red annoyances.  Coming to terms with burying my December goal has made it significantly easier not to feel in despair over the ailments or anxious to find a quick fix on the buttcrease.

I was sore this morning from the Jillian Michaels video I did yesterday.  Sore butt, sore abs, sore arms.  All of this made me happy, and made me excited to do more strength training.  I know a Jillian video is small potatoes for many, but I really love this video and it makes me sore in all my favorite places.  It's a little over 50 minutes total, but it always goes by so so fast.


I wish this was actually called "tough bad-ass squats with weights."  Although it is true that my butt causes a lot of trouble.

For those of you who have done this "No More Trouble Zones" video, can we talk about how much I hate this chic?


Green tank girl.  I think her name is Kristen, even though Jillian gets all sweaty and calls her "Krishen" at one point.  She just has this terrible, hideous, rainbow spouting glory smile on her face the entire time.  She's working her ass of and looks like a jack-in-the-box toy.  Is this supposed to make the person at home feel better?  To work out, burning in pain, look up and see some blonde white girl smiling like she just arrived for an interview?  

Kristen, Krishen, little Ms. Jillian's A+ Student, I need you to know that I hate you.

Anyway. Jillian made me sore.

So I swam this morning, and I suited up more appropriately.


Swimsuit, and un-pictured swim cap and goggles, courtesy of my swim-coach father-in-law.

It is actually a water polo suit, which means it is extra snug to prevent psychotic players from pulling on your suit.  It has a zipper from the buttcrack up to the neck.  I feel like I'm getting ready for a ball when I put it on.

I had to empty the goggles of water pretty regularly, and when I really pressed them hard into my skin it felt like it was bruising the bridge of my noise.  I guess I need to try a different pair...

And I can't believe I had no idea....that a swim cap doesn't keep your hair dry.  I came inside after my swim, stripped off the cap, fully expecting to have beautiful Kate Middleton locks cascading down my shoulders.  Instead, a wet ponytail flopped onto my neck like a slug.  Hmm.  I figured I wore the cap wrong, until a friend told me that actually, swim caps don't keep your hair dry.  (Thanks Greg).

The swim: I was out there for 1 hour, swimming time was probably about 53 minutes?  I took short breaks, often (like 2 seconds at a time to fix the goggles).  It was so beautiful and peaceful.  The pool is outdoors, so I swam while watching the sun rise, the fog burn, the steam rising off of the pool.  Just the gentle sound of other swimmers.  Nobody bothered me (sweet).  I had watched a beginners' form video prior to heading out since Christie gave me a smart link to swimsmooth.com, and I think it really helped.  I focused on thrashing my legs less (whoa, that had been slowing me down) and pressing backwards with my hands instead of downwards. 

I was dreadfully thirsty so next time I will be sure to bring some water.  It's sick, really.  I'm totally looking forward to my next swim.  Running? Who? huh? see ya in 8 days.  Out of sight, out of mind....sorry running.

While we're making fun of that stupid sport of running, watch this.  The Gentleman was very proud that he found me a running-related joke on one of our most-visited websites, funnyordie.com, of course.

22 comments:

  1. O man. I couldn't believe that video! When he flips the other guy over and the guy grunts "Fuck me!" I almost peed laughing. That is what he said, right?

    You look so cute in your new swimmin' suit! Glad the swim is working :)

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  2. Lolol that video is too funny..thanks for sharing! Glad you're enjoying swimming and the ass kicking from Jillian...I bet the 8 days will fly by now. :)

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  3. LOL. There is seriusly always somone in those darn videos that piss me off. I do p90x a lot and some of those people don't look like they are trying while I'm sitting there going into cardiac arrest.

    I'm glad in your in a good spot mentally. That must feel great. You and I both know you will get your sub 3 hour goal at any marathon you target while healthy.

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  4. I'm glad you've discovered that swimming is awesome. You get to totally shut out the world.

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  5. You're a better person than me when it comes to swimming - I make myself do it when I'm injured but never once have I managed to enjoy it. I hate the damn goggles so much - there is a tiny sweet spot whereby no water gets in but the circulation to your head isn't being cut off and I can never seem to find it.

    I love Jillian DVDs! I think if you use heavy enough weights they're just as good as any gym workout. The girl who gets on my nerves the most is Bashira from Ripped in 30 and Extreme Shed and Shred - she half arses all of the advanced options! I just want Jillian to kick her in to shape (figuratively speaking - the girl has an amazing body!) but she never does. So frustrating.

    xxx

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    1. Now I want to know which one Bashira is...I'll have to pop in my shred dvd.

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  6. Ha, I love it...I am always pissed at those people too...how the hell can they do all those exercises and keep that shit eating grin on their face all the time? I guess I will never be a fitness model!

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  7. That's awesome that you enjoyed your second swim session! And I'm glad there weren't any old guys drumming up conversation with you this time. I'm so excited for you!

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  8. Hey! I've found that the key to not getting bored during swimming is to do set workouts. I'm currently doing this half-ironman training program and love the swim workouts they have. You should give them a try! http://mos.triradar.com/Training_Plans/Race_Your_First_703.pdf
    I write the workout on a post-it and stick it to my water bottle. Hopefully your pool has a pull buoy and kickboard you can borrow, but if not, I'd definitely recommend buying them. It makes swimming a lot more fun.
    I like swimoutlet.com for cheap swim stuff.
    Good luck!
    Jen

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    1. I printed this out, thank you!! I'll have to laminate it or something so I don't ruin it by the pool....

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  9. Ah, this makes me really happy. I get so bummed reading about people's injuries. I'm not bored by them or anything, I just feel bad! It's a shitty feeling to not be able to do something you love. The fact that you are really enjoying swimming is fantastic. I've always wanted to become a decent swimmer, but it's such a pain in the butt to get to a pool in Boston.

    Who knows? Maybe even when you start running again swimming could become a part of your routine.

    The idea of workout videos appeals to me (don't have to leave your house! cheaper than the gym!), but in practice I don't think it would work well with the whole roommate situation. I don't think they'd mind, but I'd feel weird about it. "Oh heyyyy guys, me and jillian were just GETTING OUR SWEAT ON!!!"

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    1. My apartment is embarrassing for videos too, because I know that I can hear the footsteps of the people above me when they walk normally....so I'm guessing jumping jacks sound like a hurricane to the poor guys below me.

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  10. I've done a couple of Jillian Michaels workouts and I agree - that smiley blonde in the back is super annoying.

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  11. Baaahahaha. I hate Kristen too. I always wonder if workout video actresses strictly do workout videos or if some of them moonlight in porn. Your thoughts?
    Sorry about the running hiatus. I know Jillian and swimming are a distant second (and third?) to a good hard...run.

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    1. If Kristen does porn, I hope I never find out...her maniacal grin in that setting might be scarring

      But, it's totally possible that the jobs overlap--a lot of the fitness industry is about being tan with huge boobs, so it does translate well...

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  12. I had an injury that kept me pool-bound for six weeks or so and I have to say, your pool sounds way better than a stinky 2-lane indoor pool in NYC! But I was also amazed at how much I actually enjoyed swimming, despite not having the slightest idea how to do it properly.

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    1. My pool is so fabulous. it is adults only, 6 lanes, music under the water (!!), lots of equipment for drills....not stinky at all. I'll be in NYC next week though, so maybe I'll join you in the stinky pool!

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  13. Nice transformation Miss swimmer. :) Once you start your running back up, you should try to keep swimming 1-2X/week and see if it makes a difference.

    Glad you went to the website. You're lucky you have an outdoor pool. The scene you depicted sounds so...... Romantic? haha My lap pool about 78.9% of the time has either kids that I want to punch in the face, the 'talker' that you experienced, or those that don't really swim and socialize in YOUR lane!

    If you buy some goggles get TYR Nest Pro Nano's. I have had my pair for just about a year and no leakage. Also, they don't leave those awesome raccoon lines on your face that many goggles do.

    8 days is going to fly by.

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    1. I got some speedo goggles for women, and they are a huge improvement. I'd love to keep swimming up once I run again, but sadly I will probably cancel this gym membership as soon as I'm feeling better. It's a splurge...

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  14. Yaaaay, Im so glad swimming is working for you. Now you can write XT on your calendar every day, like fancy people do (I am ashamed to say how long it took me to figure out XT = cross train. I always thought it was some new crazy workout dvd like P90x.)

    Anyway, speaking of which, Im not familiar with Jillian's people, but there was one chick on the Insanity DVD whose masochistic smile and loud grunting made me want to reach through the TV screen and give her something to really cry about. I much prefer the token tired person they plant in the workout, who looks to be suffering and makes you feel so much better for suffering as well.

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  15. Completely random comment -- come to Zumba with me at the Downtown Oakland YMCA?!?! Even if it's not the most intense workout, I swear that it's fun.

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  16. Those videos from Julian are quite good. I gift some to my sister and she really enjoyed them and they worked for her.

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