Swim/Run Brick and Playlist

Today was a Swim/Run Brick.
The Swim was 1600, mainly of drills. I’m concerned because my left arm is still numb from the bike ride on Sunday. Just not sure what to make of this. I have good gloves, I’m trying not to “lean” on that side, etc. – but it is even waking me up at night now. As I type this it’s Tuesday morning and it’s still numb and weak. Argh.

After the Swim, I went back into the dressing room and changed into Run clothes. OK, just too hilarious. Because I was still ‘damp/wet’ it took me a good 10 minutes to get my jogbra on. It’s the kind that you just pull on “over your head,” and I would get it down on my shoulders, and then it wouldn’t roll down my back because it was damp, so I was sort of “stuck.” I would take it back off, dry myself off again, do something else (put on shoes, etc.) and then try again…it was pretty comical. I know that other women were just watching me out of the corner of their eyes (“WHY can’t she get into her CLOTHES?”)

Once I was finally DRESSED, I got out to the treadmill. I did 10 minutes warmup jogging at about 3.7 or so (with the treadmill elevated to 2.0 as Stu Mittleman says to do). then it was 7 minutes on, 1 minute walk, for 40 minutes. I did get the run up to 4.7 (which is about 12:30), ONLY with the help of my Playlist! It still frustrates me to know that I’m “so slow.” The VDOT chart that Simon printed out shows that I should be “at least” going this fast. And when I am, my heart is 162 BPM – which is 22 beats higher than my fat burning zone! Argh!

Speaking of Stu, was actually able to make the coaching call today before hitting the gym. Stu is just so great to listen to. Just being ON the call motivates me. I got to catch him up on the “CouchPotatoWoman to IronWoman” quest. I was particularly happy to related my Bike/Run brick the other day, where I just felt so HAPPY to be out exercising. I asked him my question about why I feel like crap for about 30 minutes and then at about 40 minutes or so start to feel better – he postulated that it probably has more to do with what I’m doing “before” I go to the gym. E.g., spending hours in the car or sitting at the computer and then getting up to exercise, the body has to get out of the “funk” of NOT exercising, and “shake off” the sitting/etc. Once the endorphins start circulating, the body gives a little “squirt” of chemical to get out of the pain, but more importantly, it’s finally HAPPY to be doing what it’s built to be doing – moving! I think that makes a whole lot of sense.

Had a HUGE bowl of granola/yogurt/fruit (and a cafe au lait) at a late lunch with a client before heading to the gym. Not good. Definitely did not sit well with me. I’m using The Daily Plate on LiveStrong.com to track Nutrition/Calories/etc. and that was DEFINITELY a bad move, too, calorie-wise! I just did not feel good afterwards. Live and learn! I’m really enjoying The Daily Plate tracking. It is SO EASY and gives you a graph immediately of your protein/fat/fiber/carbs, etc. It’s incredibly detailed – so far all the food I have eaten has been in their database, as well as the exercise.

AND FINALLY, the Playlist for Yesterday! Some comments – I’m still learning what works!
Let It Rock, Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne. I played this twice. It was PERFECT tempo for my swim warmup.
Danger Zone (Top Gun Theme), Kenny Loggins
Sexy Back, Rivethead
Kiss, Tony Desare – this was great for strokework. Fun.
Solsbury Hill (Live) – Peter Gabriel. While this didn’t work for the Bike/Run the other day, it worked well for the Swim.
Apologize (feat OneRepublic), Timbaland
SOS, Rihanna
Battle Royal, Count Basie & Duke Ellington
Get The Party Started, P!nk
This Little Light (Live), Mavis Staples – this was a blast to Swim to
Freedom Highway (Live), Mavis Staples
Eyes On The Prize (Live), Mavis Staples – love the words of this, just too slow
I Kissed A Girl, Katy Perry
Beautiful Day, U2
Womanizer, Britney Spears
Breakin’ Dishes, Rihanna
Standing There, The Creatures
Untouched, The Veronicas – I played this THREE times on the Run. PERFECT beat
Little Bitty Pretty One (Live), The Doobie Brothers – ok and then I played THIS one three times over on the Run. Perfect, too. I looked like a total idiot I’m sure. Mouthing the words, wet hair with baseball cap, determined look, snorting like a steam engine, and only going at about 4.7 on the treadmill…
When I Grow Up, The Pussycat Dolls
Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu, Johnny Rivers – skipped over – not fast enough
Reelin’ In The Years, Steely Dan – ditto
Girlfriend, Avril Lavigne – this was fun to Run to
Iko-Iko, Zap Mama
Mercury Blues, David Lindley – this is the BEST song. Takes me back to college.

Today is a Stationary Bike drill. Just got an email from Dad that we have Matinee of Berkeley Rep Theatre on Sunday – which is bad, because it’s a bike set where we are supposed to get timed and see how we improve over time. H is also NOT HAPPY that this Saturday is the Art Deco show, plus Tim’s Xmas party, plus a party I want him to go to with my pole dancing peeps – AND I’m supposed to spend all morning through about 1:00 p.m. training, too. Not sure how this is going to work. Going to have to see if Dad can give me the ticket to change the date – that doesn’t make me that happy, and that’s not why we got the tickets – the idea is to SPEND TIME with Mom and Dad once a month. Not happy. OK and as I was typing this, got an email from ~Mom~ reminding me that we’re celebrating Dad’s birthday on Sunday, too…oh boy. I didn’t think that the timing “stuff” would hit like a ton of bricks so FAST!

OK, and just so you don’t think I have TOTALLY been possessed by Aliens, we are going tonight from 5:00 p.m. to ‘who knows when’ to the Champagne Tasting at Hotel Mac. Over 25 champagnes, discounted purchase price for the night, etc. Hey, a Grrrrl can’t get healthy TOO fast now, eh? (smile)