I really had nothing good to call this post - so I pulled out the term furuncle. Apparently in the pre Tour de France medical check there has been 1 rider ever deemed unfit and it was because of a furuncle. I'm a tour fanatic, so my posting in July will be sporadic as I'm torn between the final weeks of Vineman prep and watching the live coverage of the Tour. Even the kids know they don't have a tv watching choice during those sacred weeks.
I did get out with Ben for probably our first and only ride together in the past year. We did something around 3 hours - neither of us really know because we simply don't remember to charge or turn back on our Garmin toys. It involved lots of Z2, some Z4 to catch Ben after he decided that my Z2 was WAY too slow and the rest in Z3. Ben found that 100 something miles on the end of an Adamo seat, while wonderful for keeping your 'stuff' happy - the parts you do sit on end up in a sorry state for a few days.
Tomorrow we've got our second guest of the summer arriving (it's close to summer I think). Greg will be here for a few days and while I expect little to no baby sitting action, I do hope to get a few points on my swim along with some POSITIVE feedback (Ben assures me that when there is some improvement he'll say something). Which leads me to this complaint of swim coach feedback which Kelly has eluded to sharing some of the same thinking: there is too much to think about. How can a poor swimmer improve when there is literally a dozen or so things to think about when swimming? Here's what I've heard that I need to do and I simply don't have any strategy for prioritizing what exactly I need to do in order to be faster:
- Reach further - stay long
- Reach out - don't cross the body's centerline
- Keep your head down - feel the water on the back of your head.
- High elbows - not sure when but I know I'm supposed to have them.
- natural recovery arc - should be relaxed path
- Think Kayak - not a plastic bag in the water (or else you'll be called a sausage link in water .6 miles from home)
- Solid core (sort of relates to #5 I think)
- Suck stomach up
- tighen your rear end
- small kicks
- feet together
- rotate but not too far
You get my point - this is all I can remember. Somewhere in there is a stroke and breathing. I'm not even going into how I have to watch for manta rays and giant herring with teeth. Lastly, you'll get made fun of is you finish last so you have to do 1-12 quickly.
Riding a bike is pretty easy. Get on, pedal, don't bounce, get a bike fit, ride hard. Running is easier. Run fast for 30-45 mins or run slower but longer.
I told Ben that if he didn't write a post soon about prioritizing what I'm supposed to do in the water that I would post a video of his room.
I told the girls that Greg had a pet pig because that's sort of how they put stuff together. I also said he was tall and they wanted to know how tall the pig was. I apologize now Greg.
Lastly, I was pointed to a great new site. It's called 'Every Thursday A Theme'. Basically there is a theme for each week for you to focus on. A good triathlete would think 'run with a purpose' or 'focus on pedaling in circles' - but it's better. Here are some samples to consider for a week:
Stomp and clap the "We Will Rock You" beat
Buck your teeth way out
Constantly lick your front teeth
Windmill right arm while walking
Talk into your sleeve, like a Secret Service agent
Make your voice quiver with righteous indignation
When finished talking, add "Mmmm..." to the end of your statements
Fixate on Maine Coons.
Why you ask is there a Cobra Kai logo? Well, I've seen the Karate Kid at least 4 times in the past week. Piper yelled 'Bonzai' at me and gave me her best chubby armed karate chop. I pity all future guys who ask her out.