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Re: Tams Progress

Postby Blitz » Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:08 am

How did the water running go? :)

For me, I was never as organised as you. All I did was run up and down the pool pushing against the created current with my arms out.
Another thing I did was swap my strokes about. If one sort of stroke was aggravating a body part I would concentrate on other sorts of strokes.
All my swimming strokes were of the easy kind. Rarely would I do freestyle as I thought that it was too vigorous for my belly hernia.
My main stays were the breaststroke and the breaststroke without using my legs.

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Re: Tams Progress

Postby Tams » Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:07 pm

The deep water running is a WINNER!! No neck flare. Those 20 private lessons I had almost 20 years ago (it was the only way of doing it in the old days when it was a new thing) have not been wasted and I was huffing and puffing while everyone else seemed to not be working hard and overtaking me - the thing with deep water running is that you are NOT swimming and it takes a long time to develop a running style as it is counter-intuitive; it does not move you through water like swimming does. Virtually at all. So if you are covering distance quickly, you aint doing it right! I'm sure everyone just thought I was very unfit, but I kept reminding myself to run my own race (afterall, I want to do it to work me out, not to have a gentle splish splash!) The class was quite crowded, and I disliked getting anywhere close to Mr Smelly Breath (there's always a Mr/Ms Smelly in groups!!), but I felt the instructor gave enough variation in instruction to achieve good hard interval training. I tell you, EVERYTHING seems to be working my bum these days!

I might have picked up some type of bug though - unwell all day today, so havent done anything. Hopefully I can go again tomorrow night (different pool). And then I'll have to see about getting my own belt as I know I can work myself hard without the class, and at more convenient and less crowded times!
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Re: Tams Progress

Postby Blitz » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:35 am

Glad to here that it worked out of you. :)

One of my pet peeves is a crowded swimming pool too. I like my space. When you are doing laps and having to share a lane it can be very frustrating when people don't travel at your pace or don't obey lane rules or etiquette. I always look for the quiet times and revel in those days when I'm the only one in the pool.

It is an interesting point you have raised about proper technique.
Speed isn't the same thing as proficiency. The benefit is doing it properly not speedily.
In swimming, sometimes a "rivalry" develops between swimmers as they do laps as to who gets to the end first.
Often some guy would put in a huge freestyle lap and leave me in his wake only to have him "resting" while I swim three more laps than he did.
Or he will race me to the end matching my breaststroke and just beat me. What he doesn't realise however that while he was doing a full breaststroke I was just using my arms in order to work my body harder. :shock: :lol:
In things like jogging it is more important to get the technique right. I much rather travel slower (specially at the beginning of a session) getting the "rhythm" right than speeding off at pace and creating opportunity for injuries to occur.

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Re: Tams Progress

Postby Tams » Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:38 pm

Yup, all true - except when we get to be Masters and proficiency = efficiency = speed with ease!!! (Except in the case of deep water running where covering distance is just not a feature of the thing - it's better measured by heart rate (at the time) and muscle development (over time).)

Didnt go tonight. Really just lazy. Pilates got done instead. And mental brain strain as I wrestle with creating a trousers pattern!
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Re: Tams Progress

Postby Blitz » Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:30 am

Tams wrote:Didnt go tonight. Really just lazy. Pilates got done instead.


Mixing it up is also a great idea anyway!...it will keep your body on it's toes! 8)

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Re: Tams Progress

Postby DD Diva » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:06 am

Blitz wrote:
I admire your tenacity in the face of difficulties.
It says a lot about your character that when faced with real hardships that you don't use it as a reason to do nothing but rather seek to find alternatives. Very good! :D

Keep up that great work! 8)

Kim

Hey Tams,

You've really been in the wars haven't you ol' girl???!! :( But I agree with Kim, your tenacity in the face of your medical struggles is a true testament to your character, and with that kind of strength (of character) I just KNOW you'll overcome all of this and achieve your goals regardless!!! :wink:
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Re: Tams Progress

Postby DD Diva » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:08 am

Oops, I hit submit before I finished......... :oops:

Wishing you a speedy recovery!! :wink:
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Re: Tams Progress

Postby Tams » Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:47 pm

Aww, thanks DDDiva!

I'm late in posting last weeks weigh in (sigh, the laziness of not getting in some cardio is evident!)

wk 1 (oops), AM 59.2 (comp week)
wk2 PM 61.5, AM 60.0 (1 week post comp - no training, lots of bad eating!!)
wk3 (oops), AM 60.5
wk4 PM 62.5, AM 60.8
wk5 PM 62.5, AM 61.1
wk 6 PM 62.2, AM 60.9 (1day post Christmas)
wk7 PM 63.2, AM 61.4
wk8 PM 62.0, AM 61.0
wk9 PM 61.8, AM 61.3


I stomped the laziness today! My water running belt arrived in the post at 3.00pm - I was in the pool at 3.30pm. Didn't want to, but I just did it. Also did pilates. Hopefully I will get a bit of a loss this week. This exercise business is expensive! So much easier when you can just use your own feet and go. I see another specialist at the end of the month, who I hope will give me a progress plan and maybe some ideas to stop it from re-occurring.
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Re: Tams Progress

Postby DD Diva » Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:38 am

Onya Tams,
You're a champion!!!
Even in the face of physical diversity, aint nothin' gonna stop this woman!! :wink: I'm sooooooo proud of yo gf!!! :)
I know how it feels to have days when you simply can't be bothered, BUT it's these days that you should really hold your head up with pride, because you not only rose above the complacency, you actually did something for betterment of your mind, body and spirit (even if your mind wasn't willing to participate at the time)!! Well done Tams!!! :D
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Re: Tams Progress

Postby Blitz » Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:48 am

Good work Tams on keeping it within reason. 8)
With the arrival of your water running belt there will be no stopping you now! :)

Expensive maybe...but you have to do whatever it takes to be successful...and your actions show the world that you are prepared to pay the cost - no matter if that cost be counted in monetary terms, time, effort or inconvenience.
Be proud of your efforts and determination. Your success is hard earned and well deserved! :D

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Re: Tams Progress

Postby DD Diva » Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:29 am

Blitz wrote:Good work Tams on keeping it within reason. 8)
With the arrival of your water running belt there will be no stopping you now! :)

Expensive maybe...but you have to do whatever it takes to be successful...and your actions show the world that you are prepared to pay the cost - no matter if that cost be counted in monetary terms, time, effort or inconvenience.
Be proud of your efforts and determination. Your success is hard earned and well deserved! :D

Kim

Exactly, very deserving!!!
She's a real little powerhouse our Tams!!! You go girl!!! :wink:
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Re: Tams Progress

Postby Tams » Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:30 pm

You guys make me blush! Unfortunately, the praise was not deserved on Wed when I blew out on food. Sigh. Still have to somehow learn that lesson.

I'm pretty happy with today's weigh-in; it suddenly dropped a bit from all the rest of the week's readings, which were despairingly high (like 61.7??!). I'm posting now, before tomorrow and the scale that might read higher!!

wk 1 (oops), AM 59.2 (comp week)
wk2 PM 61.5, AM 60.0 (1 week post comp - no training, lots of bad eating!!)
wk3 (oops), AM 60.5
wk4 PM 62.5, AM 60.8
wk5 PM 62.5, AM 61.1
wk 6 PM 62.2, AM 60.9 (1day post Christmas)
wk7 PM 63.2, AM 61.4
wk8 PM 62.0, AM 61.0
wk9 PM 61.8, AM 61.3
wk10 PM 62.2, Am 61.1(start of water running)

I'm a bit pleased also to be getting some muscles back in my legs. And I decided I need to revise my expectations: my body is not going to work the same as before when I could weight bear and dance. So I'll give it a month to see how things pan out with the water running.

I was pleased to discover a 'new' (for me) training method - doing 'ladders'. It's interval training on a mean scale. Try it! It will work in whatever medium (bike, treadmill, park, pool...) You basically go up a time and effort ladder, then back down the otherside. It can have as many 'steps' as you want - more steps, the harder it gets. I did 5 steps like this:
30secs hard as possible; 30 secs easy
25secs hard; 25 secs easy
20secs hard; 20secs easy
15secs hard; 15 secs easy
10secs hard; 10 secs easy
10secs hard; 10 secs easy
15secs hard; 15 secs easy
20secs hard; 20 secs easy
25secs hard; 25secs easy
30secs hard;30secs easy.

The turn around at the top and as you come down is the hardest! I did 3 ladders with moderate running in between for a 40 minute MEAN workout. Awesome!
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Re: Tams Progress

Postby Blitz » Sat Jan 24, 2015 5:24 am

I'm always happy to see a weekly weigh in from you that is 61.1kg! :lol: :wink:
Wonderful result Tams...especially when considering you are blazing new methods and routines. 8)

Your ladders remind me of some of the programmed sets you can do on the exercise bike.
It also made me remember my first tentative exercises on the exercise bike.
On the internet I found a 4 minute workout for the exercise bike which suppose to up your metabolism rate.
In actuality it took 20 minutes to do with the warm ups and warm downs but the guts of it was 40 seconds flat out and 20 seconds pace recovery - repeated four times.
I did it for a while but then I just kept upped the speed and minutes.
When I exercise on the exercise bike nowadays I'll do three sets of about 30 minutes with short breaks between. My second 15 minutes of each set is faster then the first 15. At the end of each set I quickly get off the bike and sit down - drip and sweat - towel myself down - catch my breath and then psych myself up for the next 30 minutes! :shock: :lol:

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Re: Tams Progress

Postby Tams » Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:30 pm

I usually would just pace myself for a consistent and upped pace for the whole thing...but I'm learning that changing it up is GOOD! I know that from so many sources (Blitz, you included!), but now I've tried it - I DO know! If that health show I watched a few months back has merit, then I'm doing some good things for my health by having just 3 mins of total sprint. It's split up in a ladder at the moment, but oneday...
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Re: Tams Progress

Postby Tams » Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:19 pm

Mentally and emotionally reeling again. Back from the dance specialist - the good news is she thinks I will dance again. The bad news is, it is going to take a while, as I re-educate and re-build my body. So, goodbye hopes and plans for 6months. I'll be in a holding and re-setting pattern. I don't quite know what it will mean, but I know it is going to be hard hard hard - the worst part is it is going to be hard hard hard in a mental and emotional sense, before we get to being able to work hard physically. Still sorting this out. I think my life is going to be consumed by re-hab. At least everything she said made sense to me, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. But gee, it's hard not to be in the thick of things, reaping all the glory, socialising with friends, and moving forward in a visible way. Meh. At this rate, its going to be slog and determination with no pay-off for a year; 6 months to re-build function; 6months to rebuild a dancers physique (and lose all this creeping FAT grr grr grr). Well, I better get myself to the pool for some water running instead of sitting and moping.
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