Monday, May 14, 2012

Testing the Waters

Good afternoon, friends!

This morning I tried a brand new workout and it was so. much. fun. I’ve mentioned before that I really want to complete a sprint triathlon this summer (I’m shooting for the Traverse City Triathlon in August) which consists of a 750 meter swim (about 0.5 miles), a 20K bike (about 12.4 miles), and a 5K run. I’ve got a good idea of where I’m at running-wise and I’m not worried at all about the biking, but swimming is something that I literally have no experience with. Since Eric’s gym has an indoor swimming pool and he is training for the sprint triathlon as well (we would like to do it together), today we decided to give it a go!

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Truthfully, I am a terrible swimmer. I can tread water and doggy paddle, but I don’t know the first thing about proper stroke form or how to swim efficiently. I also have this irrational fear of water going up my nose and I hate going underwater without using one hand to plug it, which is why I’ve waited so long to learn how to swim. Therefore, the first thing we worked on today couldn’t have been more basic: blowing air out of your nose while underwater. Sounds simple, I know – but it’s actually really hard for me. I only last about two seconds before I feel like I’m out of air, afraid that water is going to shoot up my nostrils, and am back up out of the water.

After working on breathing for a bit (still have a long way to go with that), Eric taught me the basic backstroke and breaststroke. After practicing those, we lined up in a lane and took turns swimming laps. I did the breaststroke to one end of the pool and then the backstroke on the way back. I ended up getting in five laps total, which is just shy of a quarter of a mile. It was a really good workout! My arms got tired fast, which means I definitely need to start swimming more often.

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Unfortunately none of the gyms in Traverse City have a pool so I’ll have to find somewhere else to swim, but my goal is to incorporate it into my workout routine once a week. In fact, I’m actually going to sit down and devise a training plan for myself here in the next few days. That will definitely help keep me on track with my workouts!


Before we got our swim on, we completed the following chest routine up in the weights room of the gym:

  • Bench press 3 sets x 8 reps
  • Dumbbell incline press 3 sets x 8 reps
  • Dips 3 sets x 8 reps
  • Push-ups on rings

The push-ups on the rings were an unexpected addition to our workout. We saw them hanging from a squat machine and after watching a couple of the guys use them we were instantly intrigued. The owner of the rings gave us a quick tutorial and could not stop raving about how great they are, so we gave them a try. I kept it very simple and did a few sets of about 5 or 6 standing push-ups (the rings were set at a very easy length) but Eric really enjoyed them and is actually considering purchasing a pair. I think I’ll be trying them again if he does!


In other news, last night Eric made attempt number two at the chicken he was going to cook on Saturday before his cooking disaster. This time he cooked the chicken on the stove top and it turned out very well!

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We both enjoyed bread (dipped in EVOO + seasoning blend) and salad with our meals.

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While the chicken was delicious (he seasoned it with seasoned salt, garlic powder, and minced onion) the wine sauce is what made the meal. To make it, he combined 1 teaspoon of butter, two cloves of garlic (minced), 1/4 cup chopped red onion, and about half a cup of red wine and simmered it on low for about twenty minutes. It was so good!

The stir-fry that he made for lunch today was equally delicious.

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With fresh fruit for me:

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I could definitely get used to having someone cook for me all the time Winking smile.



It’s a gorgeous day over here so we’re off to enjoy the sunshine and check out a local park. Have a great day!

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