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Entire Water and Heavier Weights

In my last post, I completely forgot to mention that my new heart rate monitor came on Monday!!!  It’s the Polar F6, and much improved from my old cheap one.  I managed to find one on ebay for half retail, so I got a good deal on it too!  I forgot to start it for my bonus workout on Monday night, so no idea what the stats were.  Tuesday ended up being an unplanned rest day, so I didn’t get to play with it then either!  I had planned to use it during my swim that afternoon, but of course, when I got to the pool it was closed.  They had heard thunder and it wouldn’t open for another hour.  That was too long for me to wait since I had dinner plans in DC with a friend.

Wednesday morning I got up early to do my swim then, and lucky me the pool was open and completely empty!  The lifeguard told me the entire water was just for me. 🙂  I only had time for 2000 meters of a swimplan.com workout.  It wasn’t a great workout, I was having a lot of trouble staying buoyant, which is quite unusual.  As a result, I could feel my legs dragging through the water and slowing me down.  I think it may have been the extra core work making my abs sore and not wanting to pull their fair share of the weight during the swim.  Here’s the stats from the HRM:

Duration: 48:35

Max heart rate: 174

Average heart rate: 153

Calories: 446

On Friday I’m planning to do a LTHR test to find out what my training zones are.  We’ll see how it goes!

After work was my weight workout with my mom.  We started with about 15 minutes light walking/jogging to warm-up a bit, then jumped right into week 3 of workout B in stage 1:

A. Deadlift – 2 sets of 12 @ 75lbs

B1. Dumbbell Shoulder Press – 1 set of 10 and 1 set of 8 @ 20 lbs Dumbbells

B2. Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown – 2 sets of 12 @ 70 lbs

C1. Lunge – 1 set of 15 (oops, I can’t count!) and 1 set of 12 @ 20 lbs Dumbbells

C2. Swiss-Ball Crunch – 2 sets of 10 @ 45 lbs plate

So, remember how I was having trouble with the 15 lbs dumbbells for the shoulder press here and here?  Well, today we decided to weigh them and make sure they actually were 15 lbs.  Guess what? They’re actually 20 pounds.  And at that light of a weight, that’s actually a pretty significant difference- 33% more than my heaviest lift previously!  So, now I don’t feel quite so terrible about being stuck at that weight.  At this point, I think I’ll just stay here or drop back to 17.5 but not all the way to 15lbs.  I’m going to see how my first set goes on my next B workout and decide then.  On my other dumbbell exercises the weight has been ok, so I’ll probably just stick with the 20lbs.

Weight training + warm-up stats:

Duration: 49:34

Max heart rate: 198

Average heart rate: 129

Calories: 331

Stay tuned, there will probably be a bonus post later tonight. Have a great day!

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Buoyancy WOW!

What an exciting day for training!  I had a really good treadmill workout, followed by a good swim and a surprise when I got home.  First things first, I did a 45 minute run on the treadmill today and just over 4.5 miles.  Starting with a 10 minute warm-up at a 10-minute mile pace, I knew I was going to have a good day.  It’s hard to believe that when I started training this season in January I could barely run for 10 minutes at a time at a 4.5 mph pace!  I’ve made progress, and I’m hoping I only continue to get stronger and faster.  Anyways, continuing on with my run today, I did 4 sets of intervals alternating 3 minutes at an increased pace and 3 minutes rest at 10-minute mile pace.  The four faster intervals, I did at 6.5 mph, 6.7 mph, 7.0 mph, and 7.2 mph (about 8:20 minute mile pace).  I finished up with a cool down at decreasing speeds for the last 11 minutes.  After running I headed for the showers to rinse off before swimming.

Swimming was awesome.  I decided to try out my new wetsuit and see how it is in the water.  I put it on at the pool’s edge so that I wouldn’t overheat in the locker room.  It takes 5-10 minutes to get on, so I”m sure that I got more than my fair share of funny looks from other swimmers.  A guy got in at the other end of my lane and swam down to me to ask if I was going to swim in “that”.  I felt like saying that I was only putting it on for kicks and giggles, but thought better of it and just gave him the ok to swim in the lane with me.  I swam 50 yards (the pool I usually swim at is a 25 meter pool, but this one is only 25 yards) to get the feel of it and needed to do a little adjusting.  I swam a 300 yard freestyle warm-up, and whoa, was I ever warmed-up!  The wetsuit is definitely going to serve its purpose in keeping me warm during my tri’s.  I made a few more adjustments so the arms would be a little less snug in the shoulder after the 300 before continuing with my workout.  I did two more 3o0 yard sets to warm-up and then got to the main set of 10×50 yard sprints.  WOW!  The extra buoyancy from the wetsuit made me feel like I was flying through the water.  I’m pretty sure it increased my speed by keeping my body more streamlined.  The only downside was that it does wear on the arms a bit more than swimming without.  I definitely felt like I got a good strength workout on my arms just from wearing it.  I suppose that could be partially attributed to positioning?  I’ll have to do some more experimenting.  Anyways, I finished up with another 300 yard freestyle to cool-down.

I almost forgot to mention that I bought some Luna bars today at the grocery store and I tried the “Toasted Nuts ‘n Cranberry” as my pre-workout snack.  I liked the taste quite a lot, and I had plenty of energy for my workout.  So, it’s an A in my book for now.  I was inspired to buy them after reading about them on Susan‘s blog.  I didn’t realize that they are made by Clif!

I’m sure you’ve all been waiting to hear what my surprise was…my heart rate monitor came!  I’m so excited!  Sorry, I know that probably wasn’t as great as expected, but I can’t wait to start training with it.  I’m spending the rest of the evening figuring out how to work it.  🙂

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