Discovered that a small apartment pool can be useful for some things. Played in the pool for 20 minutes Sunday night before hitting the hot tub (another unforeseen advantage of the apartment pool).
Number 1: It was fun. I couldn't over-exert myself so it was a perfect place for
Number 2: I could practice drills.
Number 3: I could swim a bit farther if I swam in circles instead of pushing off the wall
(our pool is rectangular and about 13m long). This was also good for practicing sighting.
(Note to self: swimming into wall--bad).
Number 4: I finally was able to teach myself flip turns. Flip turns! I can do flip turns!
It's taken me forever.
Number 5: There was no one around so I didn't have to worry about being embarrassed
or self-conscious. Big plus for me!
I have had a hard time with flip turns, and I finally had an epiphany. Instead of pushing off the wall on my back and having water shoot up my nose, I figured out how to turn, while pushing off the wall simultaneously so that I twisted and ended up right side up (belly down) every time. I was ecstatic. I've been still too self-conscious to show off my newfound knowledge at the UCSD pool. I'll get my chicken-ass self to do it one of these days with others arond.
Joined the Tri Club of San Diego (http://www.triclubsandiego.org/). I went to a Club meeting last week and a Beginner's meeting this week. I've been meeting awesome people. I can't wait to go to some of the workouts! It's such a motivating club with tons of resources and lots of friendly people. Very cool.
Bought a wetsuit from B&L Bike Shop (http://www.blbikes.com/). They were very nice there. Knowledgeable but not at all arrogant or pushy. No more excuses for not going into the ocean! I went in there and asked for the warmest tri wetsuit they had. I don't get hot. Ever.
Did something to my foot by wearing poorly fitting shoes Monday and walking around all day. The tendons on the top of my right foot hurt every time I roll the ball of my foot off the ground. I could barely walk Monday night. It's been ice, ibuprofen, and rest so far but it feels a lot better today.
Had the most awesome swim on Wednesday night. Found my pace and got my endurance back. Yea! Don't know why, but I had no problem swimming for a lot longer this time. I felt strong and faster than normal. Also I could go longer without rests. I was only going only 250m before resting last week. Maybe my body is finally remembering how to swim.
total distance: 2000m
10 min warm-up--alternate 1 lap each of breast--free--back
repeat this set 3x
descending sets of freestyle--500m
try to swim each set a little faster
do active recovery in between each set (1 lap breaststroke)
I also needed 30 seconds rest before starting the next set
cool-down 5 min with few laps of breaststroke and stretching in pool.
Contracted some sort of stomach bug. Got out of the pool too fast, however, and rushed out of the locker room b/c the pool was closing. Then had to lay the seat down in the car and try not to hurl for 15 minutes before carefully driving home, and laying on the floor of the apartment for another 20 minutes. It was something more than the hard swim though. I was extremely dizzy. I should have known better. I had been dizzy the whole day. Let's go swimming! Duh. I totally have no appetite. My stomach cramps up whenever I eat.
Thursday 4/27 and Friday 4/28:
I took yesterday and today off (work, exercise, everything) and have been resting and eating small bits of food whenever I can. I'm slightly more hungry and not as dizzy but still am having stomach problems. I also feel very weak. Don't know if it's from the illness or from lack of food/water. I have already lost weight so I think I'm dehydrated. I think it's a mild form of stomach flu. Fun.