30-Day Photo Challenge

Workout: 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!

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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:

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