This morning at the pool, I discovered a fatal flaw in my swim...my kick! Jennifer and I went to crank out 35 laps, but we started with some just kicking. It was hilarious! We got out kickboards, got adjusted to the water, pushed off the wall, and everything was going really well until about the middle of the pool. All of a sudden, I slowed to stillness while Jenn kept going. I was kicking like crazy! I was kicking like I have read and practiced and worked on, "from the hips," but I was almost completely frozen out in the middle of the pool. I could barely move. We did 5 laps like this, which felt like an eternity, and then we switched to just pulling for 5 laps. Once we were done with those, Jenn had a great idea and told me to get us some of the flippers for the lap swimmers. We slapped those babies on, and low and behold, I was just as fast or faster than her with just kicking. It was really weird to have a rough time without flippers, but be evenly matched and doing the same thing as before WITH flippers. I don't really understand it. I know that women use more legs muscles in the swim and guys use more upper body, but it was like my kicking was doing NOTHING! I've read lots of internet articles, watched countless youtube videos and even downloaded "Mr. Smooth," but what am I missing? I feel like I'm doing what this guy says to do, but what's going on with my kick?
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On the the running and biking, I'm sticking pretty well to my plan. On Sunday, Jennifer and I ran our "long" runs which aren't that long yet. I did 7, and she did 5.5. When we left the house, it was simply overcast even though is looked threatening. It stayed dry on me until about mile 4 when it started to deluge! It was quite the soggy run, but I actually enjoyed it. I find that I'm so much more rested in the morning and much faster. I ended up doing the 7 miles at an average of 8:25min/mile. I was really happy about that and encouraged about running. As far as biking, I am really enjoying it too. I busted out a short 20 miler the other day at 18.4 mph. That's not too bad on a hilly course. Josh and I are going big this Sunday with a 75+ mile ride. We're thinking about a really beautiful course up the coast of Lake Michigan. We'll see how it goes.
It's Jenn's birthday this Saturday, so we're gonna have a lot of fun. My thoughts go out to Caratunk Girl who lost a very good friend. Good luck to you all as you train! Keep up the good work!!!