Category Archives: Swimming

Mummojuoksua altaassa

Kauniina tarkoituksena mulla oli tänään mennä aamulla uimaan ennen töitä. Tajusin kuitenkin matkalla että unohdin muutamia olennaisia juttuja, kuten pyyhkeen ja harjan. Vaihdoin lennosta suunnitelmat aamu-uinnista aamuvuoroon töissä, ja istuinkin työpisteellä 6:58. Suuntasin sitten töiden jälkeen sinne altaalle (koska kotiin voi mennä vaikka olisikin ihan räjähtäneen näköinen ja tukka ihan märkä, töihin ei). Hetken aikaa harkitsin sitä kroolin opettelua, mutta uintiradat olivat ihan tukossa. Pyynikin uimahalli kun ei ole muutenkaan kovin suuri, niin nyt kaksi rataa oli ponnu+kersakäytössä, yksi rata oli nopeille kuntouimareille, yksi hitaille kuntouimareille ja kaksi rataa vesijuoksijoille. Ei muuta kun vesijuoksuvyö kiinni ja altaaseen.

En ole ehkä vesijuoksun suurin fani, mutta kehittelin itseni viihdyttämiseksi siinä moniakin ajatuskuvioita. Ja salakuuntelin mummojen juttuja. Ja hihittelin naapuriradan miehelle, joka hengitti käsittämättömän kova äänisesti. Ja hämmästelin tyyppiä, joka kirjaimellisesti vesijuoksi altaassa. Siellä matalassa päässä, paikallaan. Kai sillä joku pointti siinä oli, näytti vaan ihan yhtä hölmöltä kun sen kellukevyön kanssa menokin.

Jos sitä näin talven tullen koittaisi kerran viikkoon pulikoida, sillä onhan se nyt vaan kivaa puuhaa. Vaikka en osaakaan kunnolla.

Splash!

So I went swimming. I’m getting the hang of it, I can now swim crawl for 25m and it doesn’t go that bad. Today I did the following:

  • 3*(100m kicks, 100m strokes, 100m crawl)
  • 6 *(100m crawl, 100m breaststrokes)

1500m combined, and it took forever. 1h 12min to be exact. But I focused more to the technique, not so much to the speed. Speed will come, I’m sure of it. And related to swimming, I want this swimming cap:

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Now there’s two days left this week, and I have one gym to do. Then I have finished my second “average” week. I have one easy week, 2 averages and one hard. I just have to figure out if I’m gonna keep my rest day tomorrow or on Sunday. Hard choices! 😀

400m of free style

As you probably already know, I can’t swim that well. Today after work (instead of going to the city center for an after work beer) I went to a swimming hall close to work.

I practiced on my strokes and kicks mainly. 300m of strokes and 300m of kicks (alternating, so it didn’t get too boring). It went pretty good I’d say. Well, I don’t see how I swim, but it felt like it went better than last time.

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The lane was only 25m long which kind of sucked, but in all earnest, I can’t yet swim much longer than that anyway so it doesn’t matter. But I got a bit confused when going in to the changing rooms. You see, when I went in I waited first an old lady to  come out from the gate. So I assumed I went in to the ladies side. And I heard male voices talking. I went back to the gate to see if I accidentally went to the guy’s side, but there was just a sign which said “Locker rooms”.

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Finally I realized that at this particular swimming hall the lockers are for both sexes but there are changing rooms for the privacy. And then the shower rooms are for men and women separately. A bit confusing at first, have to admit.

Back to workout. After training strokes and kicks I finally managed to swim 400m. Wasn’t very smooth going, but I don’t care (yet). I was happy and really tired when getting out of the pool, like this:

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(crocodile, polar bear, mad dog)

Learning how to swim. Again.

I know how to swim. And by that I mean I know how to stay afloat and how to get forward in the water. But what I don’t know is how to swim with good technique. Today I got a 1,5 hour private swimming lesson from a friend. He taught me about kicks and strokes and head position and all that kind of stuff. And kindly tried not to laugh too much when I wasn’t quite that able to do the exercises he told me to do.

Have to say, it was really hard. When I got the strokes going, I forgot to breath. When my head was too high, my kicks were all over the place. Never knew swimming was that hard! But I’m getting there. Apparently I’m not totally hopeless. I tried to get the strokes going by placing one hand on a little board to get it out of the way and I also had a pulley to get the legs out of the game too. So, only two things to do.

  1. Do a stroke with one hand.
  2. Breath.

It didn’t go that well though. I forgot about the breathing thing. And when I remembered it, I always flipped belly-up. Lots of laughing followed, which isn’t such a bad thing. Sports have to be fun!

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Swimming like a dolphin

Well, not so much. After 1,5 hour of coaching at the ice rink, I headed off to the swimming hall to try and learn how to swim crawl. Today I learned that not only am I bad, but I am totally incapable to swim more than 6 strokes without getting water in my nose, throat and lungs.

SWIMMING_3 But I tried. For 45min. Then I gave up for the day and enjoyed the sauna 😀

Have nice Saturday you folks!

After cake cardio

Yesterday was well deserved “Rest, burger and cake” -day. I have ordinary rest days, but this one was special. I had plans to have a dinner and a move evening with the boyfriend, but unfortunately BF got really really sick. For some reason I didn’t catch the noro virus (apparently that’s my super power, I’m noro resistant) and I still wanted my burger. And the cake.

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This is the moment to be happy that I have great friends. Tiiti was kind enough to help me with my Burger & Cake quest and so we headed off to Daddy’s Diner. It was fun! The worst part was that it was really really difficult to decide what cake to take. They have all the cakes in a showcase and you can go ahead and choose the one you like to go with your free coffee. Oh man we had troubles. But chocolate cake and pecan pie it was. (This actually was not our first adventure in cake land, about a year ago we did a little excursion to a place called Kakku Galleria in Helsinki, which pretty much is a cake buffe. Heaven. We hade 7 1/3 slices of cake. The last 1/3 was too much.)

Today (still no noro here, go me) was then back to normal food and normal workouts. I went skiing and skied about 8 km in 50 minutes. Why is it that the hills seem so much steeper in reality than in the pictures?

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I managed to ski faster than ever, average speed being 9km/h. And top speed 35 km/h (I told you the hills were steep…). I really enjoy skiing, I have to admit. I’m not good in it, but it’s nice. And it burns a lot of calories and it’s great cardio.

2013-01-26 14.58.18Urban cross country skiing, the ski trail goes under a motor way. I did also an hour of aqua running, because I wanted to test out how may calories it burns and what’s my heart rate while doing it. I’m going to prefer swimming, it’s as efficient and more fun. Aqua running is fun when a friend is with you, and you can just talk for the whole hour, but otherwise it’s pretty boring.

Tomorrow is gym day, so no more cake for me… I thought I’d keep these Rest&Burger&Cake -days about once a month. It’s good to enjoy and indulge every once in a while 🙂

 

Saturday gym

Last time it was squats, now it was bench press time. I think I’m gonna stay with these weights for awhile. Same with squats, I want to work with the form and technique for some time. I haven’t tried how much I could cheat up and I don’t care.

  • Warm-up: mobility exercises
  • Bench press: 10 * 20kg, 10 * 35kg, 8 * 45kg, 4 * 50kg, 2 * 55kg
  • Decline bench press: 10 * 20kg, 10 * 25kg, 10 * 30kg, 15 * 35kg
  • Barbell bicep curls: 1 * 8, 3 * 6, 20kg
  • Dumbbell preacher curls: 20 * 5kg
  • E-Z bar triceps extensions: 4 * 8, 20,5kg
  • Triceps pushdown with rope: 20 * 10kg
  • Close grip front lat pulldown: 8 / 6 / 3 * 55kg

Screen shot 2013-01-19 at 6.32.57 PMGood day that is 🙂 After the gym I went for a swim, 1500m and 50 minutes. I seem to have misplaced my swimming goggles some where very safe, can’t find them. So it’s a wee bit difficult to practice swimming techniques… But well, it’s fine. I’ll find them some day 😀