Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Moment My Arms Failed

Swim weeks have been adding up. I am sure they are making me stronger, but at the moment my arms feel like tubes filled with lead. Today was IM, the final set including a 400 IM race. Oh goody!

I looked just like this when I started. Take note Maggs...

And then it happened. Somewhere during the 75 fly of my 400IM my arms failed. I swallowed 1/7 of the pool. I recovered. Sort of. God bless whoever placed back-stroke after fly in IM - ahhh the ability to breathe during the entire stroke! Moving on to breast stroke. I look like this when I swim breast stroke.

I also probably don't go much faster.

Finally - freestyle. And a full-on sprint was required to keep from getting lapped by Mr. lane leader who can flip-turn like a pro - you know the kind where they do that fancy dolphin kick under water and just look fast even while flipping?! Yeah, that. When doing IM my flip includes a grab of the wall, gasping for air, wishing like everything I could just hang there a while. Or forever. Realizing I must keep going, and pushing off, rather halfheartedly. Friday and Saturday both include 2 hour swims with Ian. Go, go lead-filled arms!

GU UPDATE: Thank you for all your awesome ideas and comments! I loved the tart flavor idea. The new flavor is mandarin orange.
Katymoe, Holly and Aimee - email me your addresses and I'll send you some. And if you live in North County San Diego, come to SDTC track practice on Tuesday night and I'll have some mandarin orange GU to give you.

7 comments:

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Dang!!! I guess "post race Budweiser" was asking for too much....

SSB said...

IM flip turns. Dang. I usually stop at the wall, catch my breath for 5 seconds then move on to the next stroke.

Beth said...

Here's to new arms by Friday! :) Just think how strong you will be! (once the arms get a little break that is... :) Have a great training weekend!

kristinschleicher said...

So I am moving to San Diego in the fall and super excited about checking out SDTC (oh how I love track, and xc)... but nervous about the idea of needing to join a masters swimming group! I never swam as a kid so I can't do breast or fly (and I regularly miss the wall while flip turning). At some point I need to push outside my comfort zone and learn the other stuff, though. Any recommendations as to an SD-area workout group for the fit-but-aquatically challenged?

ADC said...

Hello you fishy. That fly looks really good to me ;)))

You know I've never tried Gu. I don't think we have it here in the UK so I always go for Poergels. Maybe next time I am over there (like in two weeks :)))) I will give it a go.

GoBigGreen said...

Oh good luck this weekend! Backstroke is the best stroke ever:)
PS. I was close with Creamsicle!:)

Runner Leana said...

Mandarin orange gu....sounds yummy! I quite like the jet blackberry so I'm excited to try this one!