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Finally, a 60 minute “run”! - Geek Turned Athlete

Finally, a 60 minute “run”!

I had a wonderful day at the pool today!  Before my “running” partner got there, I knocked out 1500 meters swimming.  The water felt so good, and my form is slowly but surely coming back.  Here is my swimming breakdown:

  • 200m warm-up
  • 200m pull
  • 200m race pace
  • 200m kick
  • 200m race pace
  • 100m pull
  • 200m race pace
  • 200m cooldown

I kept thinking to myself during my swim that I was being a freak for avoiding the pool for a couple of months!  I’m such a perfectionist, and it makes me self conscious about my swimming stroke.  I looked around today and realized something: there are always going to be better swimmers than me AND there are always going to be worse swimmers than me.  I realized the last part of that sentence when I saw that I had better form than most of the people swimming today (Note: the high school swim team was not in the water.  Their stroke is beautiful.)  I was “beating” most of the guys who were swimming.  Granted, it wasn’t a race, I know that.  However, I was warming up, and not really trying to go fast.  Obviously, I need to stop being so critical of myself and my abilities.  I will get better with all three sports in time!

After the swim, I met up with Renee, and we aquajogged for an hour.  My ankle has been bothering me, and her hip has been bothering her.  We wore the same swim caps by accident (our Cologne tri race ones), and I kept calling us the “rehab twins.”  We did not look cool, but I didn’t care!  I want my ankle to feel better, and if this is what I have to do to maintain my mileage and let my ankle heal, I could care less that we totally looked like old ladies in the water!

Oh, and by the way, aquajogging is hard!!  My legs were burning in the beginning, and I was really trying to raise my heart rate by working hard.  After a while my legs were just mildly tired.  At the end of the hour, Renee and I were really wondering if we got a workout at all that was comparable to running.  That is, until we got out of the pool and had to put our aquabelts back.  My legs felt heavy and tired.  Yes, they definitely got a workout!


When I came out of the pool, the sun had actually come out.  I don’t think that I have seen the sun in two weeks with the weather we have been having (I’m NOT joking), and I got really excited!  I had to break out the camera!DSC05498

It was beautiful!!  Can you believe this whole place was covered with snow yesterday?  Of course, it rained on the way home, but at least the sun was out for a little while!DSC05502

I’m so excited about this upcoming race season!  I’m still waiting to hear when we will be leaving Germany exactly, and that is putting a damper on my race planning.  Of course, the Paris Marathon is final, but that is the only race that I’m sure of so far.  However, I think that I am most excited about the training with good friends part!  Our little tri club over here is going to have an official meeting this weekend (the last party was just a girls thing) to talk about this upcoming race season and to match up people with the same fitness levels for training.  Can’t wait!

Twitter Question

So, lately when I’ve been checking my Google analytics, people have been searching for Geek Turned Athlete on Twitter.  I don’t have twitter, but it is something that I have been considering because of this “searching.”  Here is my dilemma: The cell phone culture here in Germany is so much different than the states.  They don’t have family plans with their cells phones, and I’m paying $60 a month for 200 outgoing minutes.  It is free when people call me, but 200 outgoing minutes?  Crazy!  Actually the hubs and I will be switching to prepaid soon b/c we are always afraid we are going to go over our minutes ($2.00/minute if you go over), and we are moving back to the states pretty soon.  Aren’t the rates ridiculous??? It makes me more irate because I used to work at T-Mobile during my undergrad, and I can’t understand why they are so different here.  Actually, I know why, the culture is just different.  They don’t talk on their phone as much (that is probably a good thing, but I digress).  I want an iPhone really badly when I get back to the states since we will have to buy new phones anyway when we get over there, but for now I have a trusty old school Nokia phone that I have dropped numerous times that miraculously still works.  Back to the whole point of this thing, if I did do Twitter, I would have to type it in using the computer instead of texting.  It wouldn’t be that much trouble considering I’m pretty much on the computer all the time dealing with grad school stuff anyway.  I’m curious to know what you all think of it before I go diving into the world of Twitter.

  • How long have you had Twitter, and do you like it?
  • If you don’t do Twitter, why?
  • What are some pros and cons that you have run into with Twitter?
  • How much time do you spend twittering or reading other people’s tweets?

I really would appreciate your feedback!!  I value your opinion, and I need help!  Thanks guys!!

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Mandy @ University Cooking January 17, 2010, 8:20 pm

    You *can* text your messages to twitter, at least on phones in Canada you can. It takes like 2 seconds to set up.

    I just got twitter because i like thought it would add a nice ‘real time’ element to my blog, and because sometimes i feel like saying something that wouldn’t really make a good blog post.

    I’m just starting to follow other peoples twitters a bit. At first i thought this kind of thing was silly, but now I think maybe there’s something to it. It’s kind of cool to see people’s thoughts and keep in touch with people whom you wouldn’t necessarily call, text, etc.

  • girlxoxo January 17, 2010, 11:02 pm

    I don’t comment often enough but here’s my take on twitter. I rarely ever text messages to twitter. I use it on my laptop when I’m on (which like you is a lot). I use twitkit – which is like a sidebar in firefox. Some days I’m on a lot and some days I’m not, but it’s good to have an account.

  • 'Drea January 18, 2010, 5:22 am

    Good realization re: your swimming capabilities.

    Re: Twitter, I like it for the breaking/interesting news (Huffington Post, Slate…); topics of interest (active network, thats_fit, *trainer* Bob Harper); fellow bloggers and, for people I know, communicating via Twitter has just about replaced e-mailing…

  • The Big Blue Dog January 18, 2010, 3:55 pm

    I like twitter. I started ‘tweeting’ when I started blogging, back in August. I like it because it has kinda been like facebook status updates for my blogger friends. I can see what they are doing on a daily basis and comment directly.

    When in my weekly routine mode I check it multiple times a day. But on the weekends or over longer breaks I can go days without missing it at all.

    All in all, I would say join! I have found a lot of other bloggers I follow everyday now and visa versa through Twitter!

    Hope the ankle is feeling better today!

  • Laura Georgina January 18, 2010, 4:08 pm

    Like you, I was hesitant to join because I don’t have any kind of fancy phone setup to use for tweeting, but I gave in last week and signed up. The day I signed up was spent mesmerized by it! It’s a really cool way to stay up to date on blogs and on news/events, and it adds good real-time interest to blogs. I’d love to have it on my phone but the plans here in Trinidad are prohibitively expensive, so I’ll stick to laptop tweeting for now.

    Have fun with it!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama January 18, 2010, 5:16 pm

    OMG that is CRAZY for a phone!!!
    I have had twitter for about 6months, only really using it for the past few months now. At first I had no idea why this would be worth my time. Why would I care what you are doing at any given second of the day? But I have found it to be a great resource guide. I subscribe to quite a few health twitterers and I enjoy reading articles and blogs. That’s cool that people are searching for you, though!

  • Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me January 18, 2010, 7:19 pm

    I got a Twitter a little while ago just to “keep up with the times.” And I am completely and totally hooked. It’s such a great way to keep up with people and even just a place to share articles, blogs etc. I’d highly suggest getting one. I love it!

  • Gelareh @ Orange Truffle January 20, 2010, 4:40 pm

    wow love the wedding photo… can’t wait to see the rest of them.

    To be honest about twitter.. I really don’t understand the concept and don’t know how it works. It looks like though that I need to figure out one of these days.

  • marni January 20, 2010, 10:10 pm

    Great blog! Looks like you are keeping yourself busy without the hubby. Keep up with the training and thanks for the hummus and veggie suggestion on my blog 🙂 Good thinking!


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