Monday, November 24, 2014

Here Fishy Fishy Fish....

Another week of workouts down.   A week that had ZERO running miles.  Nada.  Zilch.  After being an idiot last week I figured I should just stop trying to do things my body wasn't ready to do yet.   Lo and behold, I've had a week of pretty much pain free knees.  Go figure.  I did aggravate them a little bit with my hard bike ride on Saturday but the pain didn't last long.  Maybe because I swam in a salt water pool after, who knows.  I did a lot of swimming this week.  In fact, I've done a lot of swimming this month.  I've logged 11 swims for an average of 24,700m and the month isn't even over yet.  I suspect I might actually hit 30,000m which will be the biggest month of swim mileage I've ever logged.  I'm turning into quite the fish.  That's what no running does I suppose. 

I've been incredibly diligent with my physio work, even though the exercises take me about 20-25 minutes to get through.  Sometimes I have to split them up and do half of them in the morning and the other half before I go to bed.  But, I'm getting them done and that's what counts.  I'm seeing progress too.  My left knee finally feels like it's almost tracking properly which is fantastic and there is limited pain on extension now.  Sometimes there's even no pain.  YAY!

Glute Med work:  stay tuned for a blog post!
 Saturday afternoon my friend David and I met up with Leanna again for another technique session in the pool.  This time we got to use fins!  We worked on hand position, reach and entry into the water.  I found this session to be incredibly helpful as well.  I don't have very good reach and my hands do weird things when they enter the water.  They just sort of float until I start to pull.   Now I have a better sense of what proper reach feels like and when I do that, my hands actually enter the water ready to pull.  We spent over an hour in the pool.  I was frozen by the time I got out.  A nice hot shower and a few layers of Icebreaker Merino and I was ready for food.  We hit up Bacon Nation yet again and went a little overboard.

David's burger:  The Pork Star and Bacon Porktine that we shared. 
The poutine was too much.  It was delicious but we just couldn't finish it.  Thankfully we had a decent walk back to the car, ha ha.

I had a nice lazy-ish day yesterday.  I had a really hard swim on Sunday morning and spent most of the afternoon lounging around.  I really needed it, I was exhausted.   3 days of swimming in a row really tired me out.

Anyway, this is how my week broke down:

Monday:  OFF - my knees were still kinda sore so I opted to skip swimming since it was fin day. Did physio work in a.m.
Tuesday:  75 minutes of strength & mobility work in a.m. + 35 minute hard-ish ride on the trainer in p.m.
Wednesday:  1800m swim, then worked a 12 hour day.   Did most of my physio work before swimming.
Thursday:  Slept in - did my physio exercises and that was about it. 
Friday:  Hard 2600m swim , physio work in a.m. and pilates in p.m.
Saturday:  1h 20 minute ride in a.m., 900m technique swim in p.m.
Sunday:  2800m swim, followed by a lot of couch time.  So. Good.

Total time:  8h 22 minutes including all my physio work.  8100m of swimming.  At this rate, I *should* have my swimming mojo back by the new year.  

How was your week of workouts?  


Courtney@The TriGirl Chronicles said...

Glad your knee is feeling better! I'm dying to swim but my pool is closed until mid December. Suckssss.

Wendy at Taking the Long Way Home said...

I am so impressed with your time in the pool! I hate to swim, and that's what keeps me from trying a tri (see what i did there...) In all seriousness, you are amazing!!!

Alison @ racingtales said...

Wow, that certainly is a lot of swimming! I need to get back in the pool more often. Thanks for the motivation. Glad the knee is better after some rest!

Krysten Siba Bishop said...

Fall on Your knees is one of my favourite books!! LOVE!