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On this day in 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters (then just "The Globe Trotters"<img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> play their first game at the Savoy Ballroom.<br><br>
Gator Girl left home at 4AM this morning for a flight to Ohio. I somehow manged to get back to sleep. Will get a workout at lunchtime.<br><br>
Keep bouncing those balls tri-peeps!
 

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Nothin'. Cos I'm lazy. Went to the doctor about my ankle. He was mighty confused. I have to get an x-ray. Not the answer I was hoping for. Not really an answer at all!!<br><br>
Did Gator Girl go to Ohio to escape the club??<img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/lol.gif"><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/lol.gif"><br><br>
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30 minutes recovery spinning to get blood flowing to my old tired body, while wathching a video tape (yes, VHS!) which made to a list of 'review before throwing away' from our cleanup last week. Now I have a time for shopping during a lunch time <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">
 

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3050 yd pool workout this morning. Well, I did about 2900 of those 3050 as I'm still feeling a bit yucky. Was going to spin tonight, but think I'll rest.
 

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2500yd swim this morning;<br>
400 warmup,<br>
400 drills,<br>
6x200 on :20 rest,<br>
500 cooldown.<br><br>
Swim was interesting this morning. A more crowded than normal pool. I was in the fast lane with 2 others, 1 regular and 1 newcomer. A 4th person got in (another regular) and we had to start circle swimming. The only problem is, no one told me we had started circle swimming. Since I was in the middle of an interval when the 4th arrived, I never even noticed her get in. I did a flip turn at the end of a lap and noticed I was headed straight at someone, so I had to veer off into the other lane. I don't know if they just expected me to know a circle swim had started or what, but I was kinda upset over it. Oh well, at least I didn't have a head on collision.<br><br>
45 minute run this afternoon.<br><br>
Great workouts to all!!
 

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See, I don't understand why you don't just circle swim as a matter of course. Then you don't have to worry about people joining your lane - you're circling already. That's what we do here. <img alt="dontknow.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/dontknow.gif">
 

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Eventful Monday here in New England, with the Ironmates car dead to start and with me already a few minutes from work. Banged a u-turn for home. Starter, or so it seems, shit the bed. Not a good day for it for her due to two interviews for potential jobs and a day of work. Sucks to be her. Sucks to be near her. But I'm biting the bullet. Or maybe I took it to the head. Just kidding.<br><br>
x: Seems to me people just get about their workouts and slip into that inward thinking way with thought of others or everyone. I would imagine that the most annoying part of that was having to swim around one or two every few laps. But that's also a testament to your amazing progress over the years.<br><br>
Yoshi-Girl: Brick runs for me are a curious thing. I used to suffer through even the shortest of brick runs, but ever since last winter where I hit the Trainer with quality and might, my brick runs, especially the short ones, have felt very good and even fast. I think the gist is that I've gotten strong enough on the bike to allow me to run to my ability, but by the time I get off the bike, my ability is that much more because, mainly, my legs, coming off the bike, are used to pushing a large gear -- or simulating carrying a heavy weight -- so when I get off and go to run, the weight of carrying my body is slight less than that I was pushing in terms of larger gear. And I run on the fast side and feel pretty good.<br><br>
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2.5 mile run early this morning. Merely a streak extended. Was slow, on purpose, rather than a plod. Followed immediately by...<br><br>
40 lap swim. Two 6-8 lap tempo's at 55 sec per 25. Finished up with one-armed drills. Experimented with head and hand position. Learned that I'm slightly more efficient if I force my head farther down -- as in look straight down at the bottom of the pool -- while with the extended arm try to bring it up. I had been trying to bring it down more (the extended arm) based on a tip from another, but this seems a bit better for my positioning. Also focused on pivoting the head with the body roll as I breathed as opposed to lifting and rotating the head, as I tend to do.
 

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5:30 am spin class. Recently started commuting <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"> so I now have to get up at the crack of dawn every day........slowly getting used to it........<br><br>
First 5 day work week in a while........is it Friday yet? <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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One hour on the trainer for me, more heavy gear work. <img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><br><br>
Core workout later.
 

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Thor--for some reason, I have always LOVED b/r bricks. Last winter I had a stress fracture. Once I was cleared to run, my coach would have me do an hour on the bike, then run for 15mins. He knew I'd never stick with a 15min run otherwise... Anyway, I found that I LOVE to run off the bike. Even yesterday, after hammering on the road, I got off the bike and did a short run. I felt like I was slogging, but managed an 8:08pace. Usual training pace is around 8:45.<br><br>
x--that's what I love about my pool--there's usually noone else there!!! Four lanes all to myself... Except, now there's that creepy guy who's been hanging out...<br><br>
Rest day for me today. Not complaining, since I'm coughing again today. Doctor suspects it's viral, so we'll just give it more time.
 

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Exactly. My theory is that we did quality work on bike pushing an ample gear, where once you hit the run, your legs felt "great" mainly because now on the run they are pushing a slightly less weight required to keep your body moving as opposed to the big gear. It's like a very good warmup. Or put another way, it's akin to doing only 4 hill intervals when in fact you are capable of doing 10, and then going out for a run. Your legs are not only warmed up but they are charging and wanting to take on more work.<br><br>
For those following along who might be saying, "Geez, that never seems to happen for me," I'll say that it didn't happen for me right away either. Ask most people and they will tell you that bricks got incrementally easier once they gained solid strength on the bike.<br><br>
Nice job to you.
 

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Fer shur. First few bricks of the season are always tough, but they get much better after that. By the end of last summer, I ran better off the bike than just heading out the front door.
 

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Well, knees are feeling...okay...I think. I'm going to attempt a very easy 3 mile run/jog/walk today, then weights (upper body only) and swimming tonight.<br><br>
Thor - Does your Ironmate want a 91 Subaru GL wagon? She can have mine as soon as it gets out of the shop. Pay the shop fee and it's hers. She has to pick it up, though, I don't deliver to the East coast.<br><br>
I bought a car Friday night after my little freeway-side fiasco. We'd already been looking, anyway, so it wasn't really an impulse buy. Ended up with a white 96 Subaru Outback. Our other car (not the one I'm selling) is a....white 96 Subaru Outback. When we have the resources we'll sell that one and get a small pickup. But until then (a year or so) we're driving matching vehicles. Is that just gag-me-with-a-powerbar-cute or what??
 

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5M down the strip from Flamingo to Luxor and back.<br><br>
xf, I saw a head on collision. It was actually head to head. It was hard to watch and noone could stop it. Still, the victims kept swimming.<br><br>
So Thor thinks bricks are easy and everyone jumps on the bandwagon. Does this mean I need to hit the trainer and get stronger on the bike?
 

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3 mile run this am followed by upper body strength training. Look forward to Gator Girl's return although substitute running partner worked out great but I think I slow him down too much and I feel bad. Plan in swimming 2500 tonight.<br><br>
BTW Not on the Thor brick bandwagon quite yet. Give me some time... Like 5 or so years <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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OK, that's just disturbing. <img alt="huh.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif"><br><br>
Easy 3M recovery run planned for lunch.
 

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If your brick runs after an hour ride (road or Trainer) feel like hell, then yes, you (in my opinion) either need to do more quality on the bike, and in our frozen tundra land otherwise known as New England, you can do wonders with two or three quality Trainer sessions of even no more than a half hour.<br><br>
In my experience, running off the bike isn't about the run... it's about the bike. As I say all the time, the stronger you are on the bike, the better suited you are to run to your ability.<br><br>
Thanks for the offer for the car, Bannon. Where do I pick it up? I can be there in 24 hours. Have a bike waiting for me... we can do a brick run and get those knees back in shape.
 

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I'm planning on upper body weights this afternoon. Was going to do full body, but my knees are sore after running yesterday. 11 miles, my longest run ever, and I'm feeling decent about the Austin HM. Sore knees-- any suggestions?? aside from advil and ice?<br><br>
Thor-- sorry about the car, that kind of stuff is always a pain to deal with and seems to happen at the worst times<br><br>
mbannon-- Matching cars? that is "gag-me-with-a-powerbar-cute" I've never known anyone with exactly matching cars, same color and everything.<br><br>
Julie-- "First 5 day work week in a while........is it Friday yet?" I am SO with you on this! I had 2 weeks off and a 2 day week last week, now 5 days feels like forever!<br><br>
4boysmom-- that's awesome! I need to work hard on bricks this spring<br><br>
off topic-- DH got a nintendo wii Satnight/Sun morning. We went to 4 walmarts looking. That thing is a ton of fun! I spent like 4 hours playing yesterday and I am not a video game kind of person! my shoulder is actually a little sore from trying to pitch baseballs.
 
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