Progressive Swims and Runs, 28/04/10

I found that in (my) swimming, the first 300m is very crucial to the overall swim distance I could complete. Start to eagerly, I'd even bonk in the first 100m. Survive 300m comfortably, I can go on making more laps.
This afternoon, I managed the first 700m, and could have gone more had I not become so thirsty, and the throat was burning from dehydration. Rested, and continued for the remaining 500m before the office bell rang in my head for the time to head back. The right shoulder and neck was slightly tight, as I have not been doing bilateral breathing, and body so warm. 

After a while, the laps became monotonous, with my mind counting laps, and seeing the pool floor. It was weird that an exercise could become so uneventful, so devoid of exciting things as opposed to running. I only managed to have Eric's voice correcting my strokes - no smell of fresh, misty air etc. But then again, Kash would be fast to point that I need to get my swims in the sea. I remembered the snorkeling trip last year, and yes... that swim was beautiful.

On Monday, I only managed an after work's 5x100m with heavy lunch (fried spaghetti and chicken), and the anxiety of long meetings and paperworks. After almost 2 weeks the pool was closed and me having sporadic swims at my brother's place, Monday swim was laboured.
Yesterday, I started a little off-paced, and completed 300x200x200m with heavy strokes. Getting better feeling the water. 

Normal pre-swim meals are 2 chocolate-cream Gardenias and water as usual - still with no other compatible diet and nutrition advice out there, so for now these would suffice. I tried heavier complex carbo before, but breathing was heavy, and strokes sporadic. Pre-swim is a no-no for peanut butter, any nuts, 100+, and any salty food (there's Cheezels going down). 
Post swims? Anything goes, within means.
And yesterday I was torn seeing the rain from the office, and heavy traffic towards Ampang. But we had some arguments and heated discussion for the project earlier (arguments and heated discussion are good, so do not be alarmed), that the only easy way to cool my head off is to run. Thought of going to Kg. Pandan tracks, but the traffic was similar to the clog in my throat so I steered towards KLC instead. When I arrived, it was raining and I saw Shuk doing his laps and joined him running my first 3 laps, all with my phlegm running down my nose. Lucky because of the rain, there were no chicks (or anybody except for runners) on the track and throw smiles at my sloppiness.
Shuk went off, and I went on further to soaking myself in the drizzle. Would have been better if the poco-poco group be around, so I could borrow their cheesy tunes every 7 minutes or so...

Comments

KOOKY KASH said…
I hate to burst your bubble (excuse the pun) but it is equally boring to swim in the sea. Seriously. It's only relatively fun than the pool.:)

But very nice workout with the swim and run.
tolldoll said…
there'll be days when you swim and you wish you were running, but sometimes there are days you'd enjoy your swim. it's just that swimming takes a little more effort to get in the 'groove' as opposed to running.

we are runners first, so naturally running has that sort of ease to it.

how's your running? mine still geli2
amsyah said…
alamak Kash... i'm not going to see Dory and Nemo? Hopefully not Bruce tho hahahha

Nadia - agree - and it still feels like forever to go long... but this will take a while, and takpalah...
My runs have been ok, geli-geli jugak on weekdays and weekend LSD - speed tarak, tapi try to cover mileage je la... ni pun lepas doctor and physiotherapist says ok... so far alhamdulillah
ian yusof said…
miss all the swims and runs with you guys. we should organise it one of the weekends lah .... but kena call2 ler coz I'm not that 'connected' anymore..... boring boring ....
Diket said…
datuk, fried spaghetti & chicken sounds tasty. mana mau cari? one of these days, i should pay you guys a visit at klcc for a run - office dah dekat.
ziff71 said…
jom run kat KLCC. My office not that far also. All these while weekday run kat lake Garden ajer. Nak tukar pemandangan cikit hehehe
Diket said…
ziff, i didn't know you're in town also. looks like we have a corum. bila nak start? next week? kita lantik shuk jadik ketua puak la XD
ian yusof said…
buat hari rabu ... I'll be there at KLCC. :) but then again, I'll be busy training my clients.
amsyah said…
Ian - organise POS lagi... best!

Diket - itu bekal gua daa, sendiri masak. Jom lah ke KLCC, Ziff pun sama, jomjomjom... Shuk ada situ on Tuesdays... dia jadi ketua puak pocopoco tu sekali hahaha

Tuesdays, 5.45-ish?
amsyah said…
kalau hari rabu, kita boleh lari dengan trainer... amacam Diket?

Selasa ngan Shuk, Rabu ngan Ian... Sundown dah dekat nih... kena kasi up sikit
..::EnAikAY::.. said…
One of the reason why i don't like to work in JB....

Jeles nih...
ziff71 said…
Guys, kalau poco-poco tu ramai awek cun, aku join poco-poco ajer ler..hehehe.

Kalau x der meeting or deadline, tuesday or wednesday or both is ok to me. Aku may be sampai lambat sikit, around 6pm is most likely.
amsyah said…
Nik - how are the interviews for KL? any luck so far?

Ziff - ramai awek cun... kau tanya Shuk, tu semua bawah jagaan dia hahah
Time OK, aku pun selalu start lambat sikit, tengok trafik jugak lah

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