My youngest son will be 5 months old next week. He’s been scooting around in on his belly his crib for a few weeks now, but just last week really started moving (law-crawling) ALL over the place. It seems like the idea of getting from point a to point b has clicked in his head. He no longer wants to lay around and play with his baby toys. He’d rather go after his older brother’s toys (especially his puzzle pieces) which has already started to cause some frustration for my oldest son.
As much as I’m thrilled for him to have gained this wonderful motor skill, it has made my life exponentially more difficult. No longer can I leave him places without worry. I have to constantly check to make sure there are no small toys lying around (choking hazard) and nothing that he can get his hands into. Easier said than done when there is a 2-yr old in the house. I’m learning why life is tougher with two. With one – you only have to concern yourself with where you put things. With 2+, there are now little hands that are constantly dropping non-chewable toys / choking hazards throughout the whole house. Thankfully, he seems to really enjoy two toys that keep him in place – his jumperoo and walk-around. Double “yays” because my oldest is enjoying playing with him while he is in them:
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I started swimming this week. Just a quick background on my swim experience…Although I grew up in/around pools and am very comfortable in the water, I never had any formal training nor did I know how to correctly swim freestyle until a few years ago. In 2010, my husband and I hired a swim coach for a few private lessons. I had just signed up for the 2010 Syracuse Half-Ironman and wanted to begin training on the right foot (I never raced the Half because I found out I was pregnant while we were in the middle of our lessons).
Last January (2012) I began swimming again (I was signed up for the NYC Ironman). But after a few sessions in the pool, found out I was unexpectedly pregnant with baby #2! Are you noticing a trend here? HA =)
While I know the bike is the most demanding aspect of the Ironman, truth be told, the swim scares the crap out of me. It’s by far, my least comfortable discipline and the thought of swimming 2.4 miles terrifies the bejesus out of me.
After I said “yes” to the rep from Got Chocolate Milk?, I began having ALL of these doubts. Every website I found with training plans for an Ironman had all of this jargon that I was not familiar with. And even worse, the week 1 plans all had some pretty high yardage. I was starting in severe panic mode.
I had every intention of getting in the pool this week, but had absolutely NO idea what I was going to do once I got in. Thankfully, by sheer luck, on Sunday afternoon I saw a tweet from an amazing triathlete, Ray, about a post he did earlier in the year on training for and completing your first triathlon. In it, he talked about what swim plan he used for his first triathlon. And this is what I am going to be following (initially) to get me moving in the right direction.
It’s called Zero to 1650 in Six Weeks. It is a VERY simple training plan – no drills, warmups, etc. You do the same workout 3x/week and then increase the distance the following week. The basic idea of this plan is that if you follow this training plan and swim 3x/week you will be able to swim 1650 yards (one mile) in six weeks (the assumption is that you are already able to swim at least 100 yards continuously).
Full-on Ironman training starts on Tuesday (I will go into more detail about my plan in a subsequent post). However, for the next 5 weeks, I will continue to follow the above swim plan rather than what is listed in the training plan since I am not up to that skill set yet.
The first day in the pool went surprisingly well. I forgot how much I actually enjoying swimming – and I felt comfortable by the end of the first 100 yard set. I am by no means a great swimmer, but I know how to breathe out of both sides and I know my form will improve out of necessity as I continue to increase my yardage each week.
I swam 850 yards and felt great the whole time. Immediately after the swim, I threw on my running clothes and headed up to the cardio area to run a few miles. I definitely need to get more efficient in the mornings with getting out the door. I have a cup of coffee, pump (so there is milk for my husband in case little guy gets up), get dressed, and then head out the door. But there’s a TON of wasted time in between each of those…I need to cut the time in half in order to save valuable sleep time!
I felt great running after the first 1/2 mile or so. I ran 3 miles in just under 24 min (23:45). But, I was 100% exhausted the remainder of the day. I forgot how energy-zapping swimming is and how hungry it makes me for the ENTIRE day.
Are you comfortable in the pool?
How long does it take you to leave the house in the AM for a workout? At least 45 minutes – WAY too much time.