Saturday, March 05, 2011

Friday Night Lights


The pool at Marie-Kerr Park in Palmdale. Note the deluxe parking for the Surly on the left...
The end of this week marked a stretch of 6 straight workout days. How did I get all of this free time? Well, with Kathy still in Utah for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus, things are quiet around here. So, after work, I made time to work on most of the three disciplines of triathlon. This week’s emphasis? Riding and swimming.
One of Lifeguards rides to work too - riding this classy fixie. Note the purple rim!
The pool is open for evening lap swimming on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. That made the plan easy. Monday swim. Tuesday spin-intervals. Wednesday swim (WINDY!). Thursday spin-intervals AND ride. Friday swim. Of course, I did ride the Surly to the pool all three days.
Quartz Hill Swimmers finishing up...
How was the pool? Very productive; I got in 1400-1500 yards each night. I work on freestyle intervals, breaststroke, kick-board work, and pulling sets. My endurance level is improving slowly. I actually swam a couple of 200-yard sets on the last day. On a positive note, I met the head coach of Quartz Hill High School’s Junior Varsity swim team. A nice fellow, he has given me some better sets to work with, and lets me start my workout early in the last lane before their workout is over
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Today? Well, to end the week, 20-miles on the bike. Where did I go? Running errands. At near $4.00/gallon here in CA, one begins to think twice about whether or not the errand at hand can be done by bike! One idea you might try; Checkout this link to the 2-Mile Challenge. You will be amazed at how much of your travel is within 2-miles from your house!
I remember leaping off these a long time ago...
I will have to admit quite a bit of weariness in my legs as I wandered home today. I wonder why! Perhaps tomorrow, I will rest. The big jigsaw puzzle on the kitchen table still has about 100 pieces to go!
See you later this week.
Jim

3 comments:

Len said...

Keep up the good work, Jim. Your work ethic in high school swimming beat everybody else.
I'm getting ready for a sprint tri in April and it seems like I've got a lot of prep to do with not enough days. 27 miles on the bike today, though.
-Len

Anonymous said...

Wow, Jim, you're doing a lot! AND these workouts are on top of your demanding work schedule. Enjoyed the photos, too. There's something about a pool at night...

Love, Nan

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