Thursday, January 04, 2007

NY Resolution update

OK, so my new year's resolution was to start and keep a training log. I am pleased to report that I have stuck with it for 4 days IN.A.ROW. Which means I have surpassed my success rate of last year's resolution (to actually get up and blow-dry my hair, put together a decent outfit, and wear make-up everyday) which only lasted 3 days. Woo-hoo!

I'm using two logs, actually - an on-line log at www.RunAhead.com and a paper log in my Franklin Planner. (Did I ever mention that I love my Franklin Planner? I do. If I ever lost it I'd probably just kill myself because I wouldn't have any friends and I wouldn't have anything to do).

I hopefully will post my workouts from RunAhead to my sidebar, but first I need Trimama, Taconite Boy or IronNick to come over and show me how. I'm not much of a directions-reader, which could explain why I haven't once used the Garmin 305 that I got for Christmas even though IronNick DID come over and set it up for me already...

In the pool today I decided to time myself for 1000 yards to set a starting point so I can figure out if I actually get faster this year. Not that I really care very much, but now I'm just curious. My three IM splits to date were 1:09, 1:08, and 1:10 -- the 1:10 being Florida a couple months ago and it was so rough out there that the beach was actually closed and one athlete sadly did drown. I am very consistent, and I think I am the same speed year in/ year out whether I train much or not. Anyway, I was right about 16 minutes. That's about a 1:36/100 yards. Which makes me wonder why I am so much slower in open water when I get to wear a wetsuit.

Anyway, when I was a kid I was a great little swimmer. I still have all my ribbons and trophies in a box in the basement. Going through them I discovered that at one race I did a 5:35 for a 500yd freestyle; and at the same meet won a silver medal with a 19:33.6 for a 1650yd freestyle. That was when I was 12. Now I'm 44 and things have slowed down a bit! When we moved from Texas to Connecticut that year I also saved a newspaper article in the sports section that announced my sister and me as the "Texas Tornados" who had just arrived and surprised the Connecticut swimming scene... ahhh... my glory days were peaked out by 7th grade.....

9 comments:

Flatman said...

I used to be a Franklin addict myself...

Too.
Much.
Technology.

Maybe I should go back to paper...hmmm.

Laurie said...

You sound like you are still a good swimmer to me.

I can't believe you haven't used your new Garmin yet! You will love it once you get used to it. I miss using mine Garmin.

Tri-Dummy said...

I'm w/Laurie....get on that GARMIN!!!!!

I would have thought w/all your races you'd be a serious training "tracker." I'm not either...I need to work on it...

I'm thinking EXCEL spreadsheet.

brendaj said...

I wish I could swim 1k that fast! I'm also slower in open water than in the pool. For some reason, it's easier to push myself in a masters workout than in an open water race...not sure why.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

How could you NOT have used your new Garmin? That is just...weird!!

My training log won't be much more than notes in a little notebook that I picked up for a few dollars. That is about as much as I can stick to.

Oh, and I don't think I managed to get up, dry my hair, *and* put make up on even ONE day last year. And you did it for 3 days in a row?!? I'm impressed!!

Susan Oseen said...

Your swim times from last years IM are my goal swim times for this year. I definitely need more work in the pool.

Comm's said...

The only resolution I have ever kept is this one...

I will return the shopping cart to a cart stall in the parking lot or the front of the store.

It bothers the heck outta me to see carts left in the middle of the lot by lazy people.

TriBoomer said...

Jenny,

Thanks for the swimming memories. I just pulled out my swimming ribbons from when I was 15. My one and only first place was for the 500 yard freestyle with a 5:39. Sigh, what ever happened to Fast In The Water TriBoomer?

I know what you mean about relying on the Franklin Day Planner. I refer to mine as my "book of knowledge" because without it I'm stupid.

Stay tuned...

greyhound said...

I had so many ribbons and medals as a teenager, I looked like a Russian War Hero. Sadly, band medals do not translate to triathlon skills.