making wine does not make for good climbing

These photos are from a week ago. I was just too lazy to write about it last week.
Elhanan and I “helped” Justin drink some of the grape juice he’s making in to wine before heading over to Owl Tor. Hopefully when this stuff is finished it will taste better than it does now. 6 oz of it just about ruined my day.
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Good thing Justin felt strong, cuz I didn’t. He took some time off recently, usually a recipe for disaster at the Tor, and returned briefly to crank out his best day on Power of Eating before re-injuring himself.
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I’m glad I have a photo that shows how Better Than Life makes me feel after getting lowered off. Obviously, it doesn’t make me want to start running a marathon right this instant.
da routes:

  1. Power of Eating (5.11d) – redpoint
  2. Auto Magic (5.12a) – redpoint
  3. Better Than Life (5.13c) – 3 takes
  4. Better Than Life (5.13c) – 2 takes
  5. Chips/Pro Skill variation (5.13a?) – 1 take

first water

Long course never felt so good. I think I’m getting used to this 50m pool thing. And I’m sure that’s a good thing because that’s a man-sized chunk of water. Short course is going to feel like the kiddy pool. 200m intervals were on the agenda today, the longest distance I have yet incorporated in to sets in long course.
da numbers:

  • 400m easy free
  • 2 x 200m free @ 5:00
    • coming in around 3:20
    • I focused here on maintaining a fast pace, with long rests between.
  • 200m pull w/ paddles
    • came in at 3:15, a touch faster than regular free
  • 300m fly kick
  • 100m easy free

total distance: 1600m

first water

My legs have been cramping kinda bad lately. This happens in the pool during kick sets. Anyway, it’s odd.
da numbers:

  • 400m easy free
  • 4 x 100m free @ 2:00
    • coming in between 1:35-1:40, pretty slow
  • 200m pull w/ paddles
  • 100m fly kick
  • 200m fly drill
  • 300m fly kick

total distance: 1600m

lunch water

I had to be at work early so I swam at lunch time. And clearly my lunch break is for 2 hours. Today’s focus was on freestyle sprints. And I’m working on my kick.
da numbers:

  • 400m easy free
  • 6 x 100m free fast/easy
    • The first 50 was hard, barely able to get something back on the second 50. These sprints were killing me. They’re good.
  • 200m pull w/ paddles
  • 400m kick
    • My legs were cramping bad.
  • 100m easy free

total distance: 1700m

first water

Swam with Bridget at Los Banos yesterday morning.
da numbers:

  • 400m easy free
  • 3 x 100m free @ 2:00
    • took it easy, coming in around 1:35
  • 3 x 100m free @ 1:45
    • I kept up with Bridget for the first 100, maybe the second, but the third was gruesome.
  • 6 x 50m fly drill
    • My fly drills need work. Seriously.
  • 300m kick
  • 100m easy free

SD is rad

I love San Diego. However, I hate traveling. I’m a creature of habit and I guard my routine ferociously. Leaving town for the weekend is a disruption I can barely tolerate. But it had to be done; a wedding had to be attended and the Grandparents had to be visited.

Elhanan and I swam with the fishes at La Jolla Cove Saturday. It was alright, kinda cold for my liking. Actually, it was way frickin’ cold and reminded me again that this, arguably California’s best dive spot, is still no Hawaii.
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Then we went to Solid Rock Gym. This was more rad than the Cove. Getting on gym routes felt good. Although, I need to be cranking these down more quickly and at higher levels. It’s about time I start dispatching 5.12’s first and second go, not projecting them.
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Next stop was Glendale for dinner with the G-units. Their property is rad, got tons of good photos here.

first water

Long course is still a new thing for me. I think I’ll spend this week, again, getting used to the distance; maybe focusing not so much on time as just getting the routine done. Also, the Eye of the Tiger did not seem to be with me today. This may represent a lull in my psyche for swimming. It’ll pass. Now does not feel like the time to push things.
da numbers:

  • 400m easy free
  • 3 x 200m free
  • 2 x 200m pull w/ paddles
  • 200m fly kick
  • 100m easy free

total distance: 1700m

first water

I swam at Los Banos for my fourth time yesterday morning, and fourth day in a row. Bridget wasn’t there. Thank God. I must have been spent from Wednesday’s asskick-athon with Ms. Fish because Thursday morning sucked. Accordingly, things were done at a non-blistering pace.

  • 400m free
  • 4 x 100m @ 2:15
    • Not fast. I struggled.
  • 4 x 100m free w/ paddles
    • Faster, but not fast.
  • 200m kick

total distance: 1400m

first water

Swam with Bridget at Los Banos this morning. And she made it hurt. I don’t think she understands why I suck so bad. I was struggling. STRUGGLING. Panting like a dog. Not that that’s unusual. It was just especially bad this morning. Long course is killing me. Gotta be good though.

da numbers:

  • 100m free
  • 6 x 100m free @ 2:00
    • coming in ~1:35
  • 4 x 25m fly
    • That’s right, 25m fly. In a 50m pool. It was good though.
  • 4 x 25m free
  • 4 x 25m back
  • 200m easy free
  • 200m fly/breast kick
    • My fly kick sucks. Bridget’s doesn’t.
  • 100m fly drill
  • 100m easy free

total distance: 1600m