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Mighty Mac Training Week of 7.5.15

I choked on my morning coffee a little when I read a FB post reminiscing about the Mac swim one of the previous Mighty Mac swimmers posted on her wall last week. I flashed through the statistics…5 hours of swimming, 1 mile left, 51 degree water, crazy currents…I swallowed hard and thought, “WTF am I doing?”ย  I mean I am the first person to support challenging your limits, but I seriously considered that maybe I don’t have what it takes to finish this challenge.

I have received numerous photos and texts from friends and acquaintances passing over the Mackinac Bridge that say something to the effect of “Thinking of you!” over the spring and summer. And every time I receive one of those texts, I inwardly cringe. After the latest one I thought, I shouldn’t be less than 60 days away from this event and still inwardly cringe! My list of “shoulds” was getting pretty big, and then I remember my older sister’s best advice: “Don’t should all over yourself.”ย 

mighty mac swim

Thinking of you swimming across!

So I go back to doing what I do best, which is putting my head down and doing the work. I will do all the work I can do that fits into my world, and it’s OK that I don’t have the best wetsuit, or swim every weekend on a Great Lake, or log 5 miles swimming 3 times a week. I am doing everything I can do that is within my ability, and past experience tells me that it will be OK and it will be enough.

My long swims are going by kilometers. It’s just way easier to measure in my world. Which is Google maps. Because no one bought me a Garmin Swim for my birthday. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sunday 7/5: 6.5K open water. Felt really good. A little boring, but really good.
Monday 7/6: 45 minute run — I mixed this in because I didn’t feel much like swimming and that ear is still bugging me.
Tuesday 7/7: Strength. I might be ready to talk about this soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Wednesday 7/8: Swim- open water, about 2 miles. Might have been a little short, so I added about 20 minutes of kettlebell swings and some other stuff.
Thursday 7/9: Strength.
Friday: rest/ prepare for one of the littles birthday parties!
Saturday: Strength.
Sunday 7/11: 7K swim. HA! This is where things got interesting. Total mental block at 7K because I can’t remember the last time I swam 7K. If ever? Probably I have, but it escapes me. So Mr. Prepared was totally my hero, and I wouldn’t have finished (or escaped my two seaweed panic attacks) without him. He canoed the first circumnavigation of the lake with the girls in front (loaded up with snacks I packed). ย Then he did a couple out and backs with me. Then the girls got out to play in the yard. He switched to the paddleboard. It was obvious to everyone this was becoming an epic, not just a workout session.

I quit at about 6.4K because I was sick of the rub from my wetsuit on my neck and I saw a CARP the size of my upper body about 4 feet below. ย I got out of the water. He sent me inside with the directions to eat something, take off my wetsuit, and come back out. He had the boat out to idle alongside me, and I was like, “I can’t do anymore.” He just waited me out, and finally I got my cap and googles back on and finished the last out and back.

Thank goodness he was there because I had put the limit on myself that 7K wasn’t gonna happen, and he stood by me until it did happen.

Takeaways: Beware the limits you set on yourself! And– high-quality deli meat sits pretty well as a salty, high protein food that won’t upset your horizontal stomach. Word. ๐Ÿ™‚

bruce lee limit quote

Limits are self-imposed. Courtesy of Motivation Grid.

 

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Mighty Mac Training Update 6.6.15

This was a great training week! Consistency is the name of the game for me, both in workouts and nutrition. Nutrition was pretty spot on this week, with the exception being the UH-mazing birthday dinner for Mr. Prepared we ate last night downtown. But how often do birthdays come around, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

A big thanks to my husband, Mr. Prepared, for being the clutch player this week. He knows I become slightly insane if I get off schedule, and he has been awesome at helping me to get done what I need in addition to the fact he’s prepping for his own 100 mile run in July. Today he was my canoe guide through the Saturday afternoon chop on our lake. He said it was fun and a decent upper body workout, so I’m throwing it out there if you want to accompany me on a few laps of the lake anytime, I’m taking offers for help!

My left shoulder has been giving me some issues, but it went from feeling like crap midweek last week to getting fixed up by Shawn at Synergy Movement Therapyย last Thursday to feeling awesome. For shoulders that see a good bit of use anyways. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you have an ongoing injury and you haven’t tried NeuroKinetic Therapy as a tool for actually fixing the problem, you should check it out.

Workouts this week:

Sunday: KB workout

Monday: Strength workout. Like a real workout in the gym. My coach says that one is still better than none in addition to the swings. I think I can be successful at one a week right now.

Tuesday: 400 WU, 400 drills

Main Set: 6×400 – 50 sprint, 250 moderate, 100 sprint, :40 RI
I bastardized this from a triathlon website (being honest), but these were hard as HELL. After the first one, I was like, “I’m screwed”. But I kept one and tried to keep them even splits. Died the last one. ย 400 cooldown.

Wednesday: Swings set, 300 swings + goblet squats, etc. I can break it down for anyone who is interested, but that’s not the primary purpose of this blog.

Thursday: 400 WU, 400 drills, 4×50 build

Main Set: 10×250- Inside/Outside Corners, 10×250, :30 RI
Odds: First 2.5 lengths sprint, middle 5 lengths moderate, last 2.5 lengths sprint

Evens: First 2.5 lengths moderate, middle 5 lengths sprint, last 2.5 lengths easy
Again, not as easy. The evens were the really challenging ones. 400 cooldown.

So I have created two workouts with work sets of variable intensity of 30+ minutes, which is where I need to hang for now. I have been sitting at a pace plateau for about 6-9 weeks, and I can feel it crumbling apart with sets like these under my belt. It feels awful while I’m doing the sets, but I have done swim/run/etc. prep enough times to know that for me, feeling awful = verge of a speed breakthrough.

Saturday: Open water swim, 2 miles ish. We calculated the distance across our lake via Google Maps, which is about .5 miles round trip. I like the accompanied swim, truly because our lake is an all sports lake, which is cool, but I don’t want to freak out jet skiers or boats- I feel safer for them and for me with a canoe or paddleboard out in the water nearby.

 

Mighty Mac Training – April Pt. 1

Hahaha…as you can see, I have been a bit remiss about posting up my training on here. I had a stomach bug that flattened me for about a week the second week of April, and it’s been tough coming back. In addition, I changed up my strength training a bit last week and thus was able to *directly* pinpoint the movement that aggravates my shoulder. Yikes. I used to really, really like pushups. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s a few workouts from the last couple of weeks. I did go 4/13-4/17 without swimming at all because I was so sick.

Saturday 4/11
500 WU
6×200- variable speed 50s- slow, med, fast, slow. 1st one has 2 slow 50s, 2nd one has 2 medium 50s, 3 one has 2 fast 50s, Randomize. Repeat
6×150- 50 fast, 50 drill, 50 medium
6×100- Descending 100s 1-3
100 cool down

I had some pain in my low back during flipturns and felt myself starting to compensate to complete the movement. I stopped doing flipturns and went for open turns. This change slowed me down a bit, but better than not doing anything.

Saturday 4/18
400 WU
4×400 alternate swim/pull, descending time 1-2 (make the second swim or pull 400 faster than the first)
9×150 50 med, 50 stroke- fast (alternate fly, back, breast), 50 medium
8×50 25 scull/25 sprint
100 Cooldown

Sculling is supposed to improve your “feel” for the water. I honestly don’t know if it does. I know that it helps me with a few inefficiencies in my stroke, but I think “feel” is something is either born (genetics) or learned over millions of reps. I’m sure no new swimmer wants to hear that, but that is what I know. Here’s a good sculling video- they explain how to do it as a forward motion about 3 minutes in:

Wednesday 4/22

400 WarmUp
Here’s the only set I remember, LOL.
2x (300 drill, 250-50 fast/50 ez, 200 kick, 150 -25 fast/25 ex, 100 scull , 50 sprint)

Friday 4/24ย 
World’s shortest workout ๐Ÿ˜‰
400 warmup
16×100 Descending time 1-4 (repeat 4 times)–
These I held pretty steadily, which I take as a good sign of improved endurance. I could hold the same times for all the 100s as I could in the first set by the 4th set. In fact, I wasn’t even going to do a 4th set, but I had a little extra time and wanted to see if I could go. Which I did. 2 months ago I was not able to do this across more than 2 sets of these.

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