30-Day Photo Challenge


AM: Swam 1500 meters
PM: Strength Training session with Trainer

I usually just swim freestyle laps (because that is the only stroke I know) for my swim workouts, but today I decided to actually do the workout my coach planned for me. So last night, in preparation, I spent 40 unsuccessful minutes trying to figure out how to program my Garmin from miles to meters.

This morning I couldn’t figure out how to remember the workout (there were 7 different kinds of intervals) so I wrote it down on my hand. I got through about half of it, but by then, the rest of the workout had washed off my hand. So I finished the rest of the workout swimming laps again. I posted a question to Daily Mile asking how to remember swim workouts and I got some great advice to write the workout on an index card and then bringing it to the pool in a zip lock. Genius! That’s what I’m going to do for my next swim session.

My shoulders are still feeling stiff and sore from Monday’s workouts, so I got a 30-minute chair massage at work. Every Wednesday a massage therapist comes in and we get to sign-up for a session. Today the therapist really worked out some really tight knots in my neck and shoulders, but I still was smartin’ and begged my trainer to layoff working out those areas during our training session this evening. I got lucky and didn’t have to do any push-ups; instead he had me do:

– 5 2-min planks
– 5 1-min side planks on each side
– 5 sets of 10 dead lifts w/ 20# weights in each hand
– 5 sets of static lunges w/ 10# weights in each hand
– 5 sets of squats w/20# weights in each hand
– 5 sets of 20 jack knives

By the end of the session my legs were jelly. Tomorrow’s run should be interesting!


My really good friend De who grew up with me (and promises to start blogging again soon) tagged me in a 30-day Photo Challenge so here goes:

Day 01 – A picture of yourself with ten facts

10 Random Facts:

1. I have to make my bed every morning. HAVE TO.

2. I studied Japanese for 4 years yet can hardly understand a word of it.

3. I wear Size 5.5-6 shoes, but run in a Size 7.5.

4. There are more patches than original fabric left on my favorite pair of jeans (AG Jeans), but I will still wear them – I just can’t give them up!

5. Although I grew up in Hawai’i, I never learned how to properly swim until I took lessons 2 summers ago and now I’m hooked!

6. I’m always asked if I am training for a triathlon and the answer is “No” because I haven’t been on a bike since I last rode my BMX at age 12.

7. I get really bugged when people don’t use the correct “your” and “you’re”.

8. I’m scientifically challenged and in college I took Physical Science with the English As a Second Language Kids – on purpose.

9. I eat tails on shrimp. I think it’s the best part.

10. I lost my prescription glasses 2 years ago and have yet to replace them. The last eye doctor I saw said that my condition would not get worse for decades so I figure I’m okay for another few years.

Here’s a photo of me from last summer at the beach in Oregon – you know, where Hood-to-Coast ends:

12 Responses to 30-Day Photo Challenge

  1. steena says:

    I always see people just write on a single piece of notebook paper with marker their routine, then stick it on a kickboard. Good for you to stick to the plan. I’m really bad about doing that. I tend to get to the pool and improvise a routine, which is probably making me a lazy swimmer.

  2. Anonymous says:

    thanks! it was actually kinda hard to think of 10.

  3. Anonymous says:

    i’m sure with a little practice swimming would come right back to you!

  4. Anonymous says:

    aww, thanks! i hope you’re feeling better!

  5. Anonymous says:

    1. Sure, I’ll try the Iso’s out!
    2. Yes dr, I will get new glasses, I promise!
    3. I never swam in the pool, only at the beach so I never “really” swam.
    4. I’m OCD that way…LOL

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, when you run your feet swell so its pretty standard to buy a bigger size. BTW – I totally had to proofread to make sure I used the right “your.” LOL

  7. Average A says:

    This is a really fun challenge and I like all these fun facts about you! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. jobo says:

    SUCH a cute pic. I have to make my bed daily too, and don’t know science for shit! That is a riot that you took it with the ESL kids!! LOL! I still wish I knew how to swim.

  9. Roadbunner says:

    First off, do you want my Pearl Izumi Iso Shifts to try out? They are a size 7.5 I have less than 40 miles on them. Let me know. If not I’ll just be donating them.

    Second, you should really get glasses. If you had an eye infection or if there was an emergency and you had to run out of the house you would be out of luck. What if there was an earthquake and all the contact solution ran out?! Off my work soapbox…

    You never learned how to swim?! I took swimming lessons when I was 3. I thought every Hawaiian did that!

    We would make horrible roommates because I pretty much only make my bed when company is coming over or the day I wash my sheets. What is the point?

  10. I am SO with you on #7. Same goes for there/their/they’re. Get it right people, we are all adults.

  11. Jess says:

    Ha, l love the random list!! And that is a GREAT pic of you!! So perty

  12. De says:

    I didn’t know about the running shoes thing, holy crap! LOL.
    I get bugged by the “your” and “you’re” thing, too.

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