Wednesday, January 18, 2006

A Night of Swimming

On Monday morning (0600) we had a temperature of -8/18F, yesterday 0C/32F and this morning (Wednesday) 6C/43F – is that crazy or what?

Swim Report

Anyway I headed to the 25-meter pool in the neighboring town of Blankenloch last night after work. I was surprised to see that the pool was relatively empty, so I was able to get in my laps in peace. I swam around 1100 meters breast stroke and then practiced my freestyle form for about 10 minutes.

For those of you who have been following my blog you know that I took a swim course right before Christmas where I learned the proper breast stroke technique and was introduced to the freestyle. I had planned on taking a freestyle course starting this week but the course filled up in the first two hours. I am now looking for another course, but will probably wait until after my marathon in March.

Running Report

Tonight is a 14K/8.7M run on the schedule, easy pace - about 5:45/K (9:15/M). It should be fairly warm outside, but a sea of mud from the melting snow and ice. Sounds like fun ;-)

Saturday is my 32K/20M long run. I want to try to run this as close as possible to my planned marathon pace of 6:00/K (9:39/M). I don’t have a Garmin or know the exact kilometer markings, so this will be a bit of guess work. I have traveled the first 20K of the route with my bicycle and know the location of the 1, 2, 5, 11 and 19K points. I also know the exact location of the last 3K markers (30-32) – so I can get a pretty good idea.

Diet Report

My weight hasn’t moved this week, I have been eating too much. I am currently stuck on 73.5kg., a little more than last Wednesday. Hopefully I’ll be back down to 73kg./161 lbs. by Monday. As I keep saying it is really hard to lose weight while training for a marathon, especially at my age (46).

Glad you had a good swim. Good luck with the diet!
We're in the same boat, but you're making a lot more progress overall than me. Can't wait to see how the Marathon goes!
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