Friday, May 11, 2012

Improvements & Steel Spring Sprint

I have been working with Teresa for about 3ish months now.  
Getting a coach has been the Best. Decision.

I feel more confident in my training and I feel like each work out has a purpose to it. 

At the first of the year, I hated swimming was hard!
I had no idea what I was doing.
My swimming workouts were simply back and forth in the lap pool.
Then Teresa came along with–
            ‘Main Sets, 100’s, Descending per 50, Pull, Kick, ON 1:05, 
Paddles, Catch-up Drill, Zoomers’… 
What was this new language??? 
So intimidated at first; but now, I am loving jumping in the pool.

I use to be a professional at windmill free-style swimming – :) After this time with T, I can not imagine how I was able to swim laps like that before.  Anyways here is my swimming progress over the past 3ish months:
THEN                      NOW
400’s in 8:20            400’s in 7:36
200’s in 3:44             200’s in 3:32
100’s in 1:55            100’s in 1:35
Still have a long way to go… but it is so nice to look back after a couple months and see improvements!

Post-marathon recovery went great!  Took 3 days off running completely with light swimming only, then introduced easy jogging, and I am now back doing tempo runs.  My body feels stronger than before the race. I was telling Teresa how much easier my faster paced runs felt and she told me ‘Athletes gain a lot of fitness when racing.’ 
Double Whooo!! :)

Biking has also improved! A few weeks ago I took a 1.5 hr ride that I use to average 15-16mph at the beginning of the year... this time I was in the 17-18 range!!! I still have a little fear after getting hit I need to get over to really push my cycling to the next level!. 

Steel Spring Sprint Tri next weekend – This will be my 2nd Triathlon.  I am SO excited to see the improvements since Olympic Lake Powell last fall. (Little nervous about racing in a lap pool though– hopefully I don’t swim into someone. Open water it is allowed to hit into someone… lap pool, no excuse to right??? :)

And a few hiking photos from 2 weekends ago... My dad asked me to go on a 'easy' hike. We got lost and easy turned into a challenging 17.77 (to be exact) 


  1. That looks like a fantastic, but HARD hike! Your scenery is so beautiful. Way different than here.

    Great improvement in the pool! Your biking is looking really good too :)

  2. Super awesome improvements. Love it!
    17 mile hike! Wowza. Can't imagine how much food you got to eat after that!

    Keep up the great work!


  3. You've become a speedy swimmer! Way to go!

    Absolutely beautiful hiking pictures.

  4. Very cool on the 17 mile hike. I personally hate swimming for time. Run for fun and bike for fun, but love to push hard. I think you may be somewhat of a mystic even more than a hiker because of the places you like to hike. We should get together sometime.

  5. You've made HUGE progress with everything...I'm especially jealous of the swimming progress. I need to get a swim coach!!

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  7. Wow!