100 Day Challenge – Day 49

Wow, it’s been about 2 weeks since I blogged. I actually have a lot to report, I’ve just been too busy lazy to write it down. First, I finished my Lazy Triathlon last week. I biked over 60 miles, ran over 20 miles, and swam exactly 2 miles. I feel like this was a pretty good accomplishment for someone who hadn’t done any regular exercise up until a month and a half ago. My next goal is to get into shape to run a 5K race this spring and not completely embarrass myself. I’ve done a couple of 3ish mile runs on the treadmill over the last week, so I know I can at least finish. My speed … well, let’s just say it could use some work. I’m seriously considering entering three 5Ks this season that are at a brewery, a vineyard, and a cidery (sp?). The little trophies for participating are kind of cute and you get a cool metal rack to display them if you do all 3. The info about the series is here if you’re interested!

I have also acquired some swimming goggles so that I can do strokes that don’t keep my face out of the water. The good news is that the goggles were inexpensive, but work great. No leaks, no fog, they stay firmly attached to my face. The bad news is that I have greatly overestimated my ability to swim laps with a crawl stroke. I made it through 5 laps this morning by resting for a moment in between each lap. I really should have stopped after 4, as I felt super crappy for hours afterward and my arms are still feeling a bit weak now, about 16 hours later. I think it will get better quickly if I keep at it. It seems like a lot of my overexertion was form- and breathing-related and those things are a matter of practice.

I also missed my first day yesterday. I just plain forgot to find something to do before bed. I decided that I could count this morning’s swim for yesterday if I did something else later today. I ended up doing something called a “basic plank”. It’s kind of hard to describe, but it basically involves holding your body rigid as you bear your weight on your elbows (which are directly below your shoulders) and your feet. Hold that for ~15 seconds for as many reps and sets as you can handle. I got 2 sets of 5.

There is a bit more to say, but it can wait for tomorrow. I am exhausted!

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