Thursday, May 27, 2010

todays workout: ROWING, machine set to 4.9 (out of 10)
time: 45 min
distance: 8148 m
-> warmed up with stretches, still very tight in right hamstring, but getting better
-> compared my pace with tuesdays, overall average of 2 seconds faster, pretty good.
-> trying to decide if i should increase the resistance on the machine. definite pros and cons.
-> finding i row faster with my eyes closed for some reason. need to get a radio or mp3 player or something because it gets boring.
-> warmed down with stretches.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

sunday, may 23:
slight break from my usual routine due to the long weekend. dave and i biked from his place to the toronto islands along the don valley river trails, a ride which i estimate to be at least 30km.

tuesday, may 25:
workout: ROWING
-> started with hamstring, glute, quad, tricep and bicep stretches
-> did 45 minutes of straight rowing with machine set on high 4.9 (out of 10)
-> total distance: 8053 m
-> ended with quad and hamstring stretches (was in a bit of a rush because i arrived to the gym late)

->the increase from 40 to 45 min of rowing was surprisingly difficult. still experiencing pain in right hamstring by about the 30 minute mark. by the end of 45, had hamstring pain in both legs. need to focus on opening up hamstrings by doing more targeted, committed stretching.
-> already noticing improved strength in upper body. the first 7 minutes or so was amazing in terms of ease of upper body. also noticed in photographs that pectoral muscles are more defined.

wednesday, may 26:
workout: MASTERS SWIMMING (distances given in yards, stroke is free unless otherwise noted)
200 warm up
6 x 100 IM
4 x 50 drill
3 x (4 x 100) as follows:
25 sprint/75 easy
50 sprint/50 easy
75 sprint/25 easy
100 full sprint
200 warm down
2400 total distance
-> i didnt get to finish the last 325 of this set because i arrived to the pool late and didnt get done before the end of lane swim
-> backstroke is embarassingly bad
-> for drill i did pulls, concentrated on full arm extension and holding breath
-> I HATE SPRINTS. i need to kick more/harder for sprints.
->arms were excellent today. legs were less stiff; did quad stretches before warming up.

Friday, May 21, 2010

hello and welcome, readers who are interested in swimming! i am excited about expanding my blog to include this separate page, and i hope that those of you who are interested will find this information useful. before i get started, allow me to differentiate this blog from science, tea and cats.
for the most part, this blog will simply detail my athletic regimen and include some notes/reflections on my daily performance. i will also be providing some dietary information, as i feel that diet is just as much a part of training as the actual exercise is. i dont expect it to be nearly as interesting as science, tea and cats, but i do get the impression that some of my followers on science, tea and cats specifically follow my posts about swimming, so to those of you, this blog is specifically for you! anyway, so here we go, today's post:

today's breakfast: cold oatmeal with milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut. had an apple, raw walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and cup of tea after swim.

today's workout: SWIMMING AT HAMILTON YMCA, (pool is 25 yards, instead of metres which is relevant in terms of number of lengths to achieve desired distance)

-> did my usual 2km (which is 2200 yards, or 88 lanes) in alternating sets of 100 yards (4 lanes). 100 breast stroke, 100 free (that is front crawl. i am beginning to think i should have a sidebar with definitions. this is a work in progress). repeat 11 times. simple.

-> kept my usual time of under 40 minutes, but had a less than satisfactory swim. my quads were very tight and didnt loosen up until after the first 1000 yards. i think this is from rowing yesterday. i plan to take my sports recovery drink after rowing from now on. also, the humid weather is affecting my lungs.

-> working goal: want to get up to doing three full masters workouts a week instead of my usual 2km.