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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fitness Update

I haven't done any sort of major workout updates in a while, so here it is.

This is what I've been focused on, which is good, because it's my thing.  I've been keeping up with my running, although I did fall off the wagon a little when I went to the Cayman Islands.  I missed the week while we were gone, and I missed a run leading up to it, and a run after it.  Since then, I've really had to force myself onto the treadmill or outside.

It is just that time of year.  It's hot, so running outside is uncomfortable.  Running inside on the treadmill isn't always desirable (as many of my running friends will tell you).  The way to avoid these problems is to run in the morning, which has been difficult.  Work has been stressful and I've had a lot going on, and it's just been hard to get my stuff done.

But - I've been doing it, just with a lot of moaning and groaning.  I've managed to get the majority of my runs in, and I've managed to keep them at their required length.  Which is good.

As far as long runs go, my group has completed 15 miles and will be doing 17 Labor Day weekend.  Once September 1 hits, I'm officially out of my self-proclaimed "off season" and I'm going to have to start increasing my mileage accordingly - and acting like somebody who is really training for a marathon.  Disney is just over 4 months away.  Train, train, train.  Run, run, run.

Well, I gave up on Total Immersion.  I wasn't going to the pool often enough to do the drills, and I just wasn't focused.  When I'd go and do it, I would get frustrated.  So, I stopped worrying about it and just focus on a few of the bigger pointers that the book offered me, and I enjoy doing my laps.  As long as I'm not training for a triathlon, it shouldn't really matter anyway.

The thing with swimming is that I really despise our pool.  Basically, there are two pools, a swimming pool, which is (as far as I know) unheated, and it's a place where there's just general swimming and flopping around.  I've never been in that one, so that's why I say I think it's unheated but don't know for certain.  The other pool is a lap pool.  It's heated and it's the one we're always in.

There are numerous problems though -

  • Cleanliness.  On a good day, there's hair and leaves and band aids in the pool, but the water is clear.  On a bad day, the water is cloudy and disturbing.  On the worst day (a few weeks ago, Todd refused to get in), bay water was clearer and there was so much algae that you couldn't see the bottom of the pool (well, ok, you could, but just barely).  This is gross, and unacceptable.
  • Swim Team - For May and most of June (and I've heard, September through May), the swim team is in the pool in the evenings.  To get a lane, you have to ask the coach, because he never leaves one open for people swimming laps.  
  • Kids - And THEN, even if the swim team isn't there, kids and some adults hog the lanes.  They stand and play in the lanes, or swim and play through them while you're trying to do your laps.  Lifeguards do nothing to patrol this.  When I was a kid, you didn't play in the lanes where adults were swimming.  There would be adult swim time when people could get in for 20 minutes and do some laps.  NOT AT THIS POOL.  

So, I feel like we're always fighting to get a lane to swim in, and that our membership means nothing.  I've thought of about a million other options (the YMCA in Towson, Lifebridge Health in Pikesville, MAC or Brick Bodies)...  none are right.  So, I just feel like we don't have access to a pool at a reasonable cost that will make us happy.  For the amount we pay to belong to this pool for just 4 months...  well, it's not worth it.  No more swimming for me, which is sad.

Weight Training
I start STS again in September.  For now, I've put off weight training until summer's craziness is over.  More on that at a later date.


Jonathan said...

Hey Kim,

I work for Brick Bodies. I am really sorry to hear you feel the way you do about finding the right fit. It seems you are stuck in between a rock and a hard place with regards to your aquatics needs! I was just wondering if you had a chance to try one our locations with a pool? I would love to give you a two week trial, if that interests you. Just trying to help!

Kim said...

Well, I would prefer to belong to a pool and a pool only. The amount of extra $ required to belong to a gym+pool is too expensive, when I have a gym at home that I prefer to use. I don't have a pool, which is what I would like. Brick Bodies is actually one of the less convenient of the choices that I listed, as I live in Carroll County.

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