You’re Getting Verrrrrry Sleepy

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 20, 2010


Hope your day is going swimmingly. Speaking of which, I decided to go for a quick lunchtime swim for my workout today.

I realized it had been a full week since my last swim. I have increased my running a lot in the past 2 weeks, due to the rain finally disappearing, so my swimming has decreased as a result! I find it quite challenging to balance the three different sports- run, bike, swim- especially because I haven’t been able to run inside due to our treadmill needing a new belt (we are waiting on a part).

Here is a quick glance at the past two weeks (click to enlarge):


You can also see my full training plan here.

In the past two weeks, I have run 21.5 miles and swam 750 metres. I knew what I had to do today! The sign was clear.

Off to the pool I went!

This swim was a bit frustrating today. Remember how I felt like I lost endurance with my running (after focusing on swimming during the 2 weeks of bad weather)? Well, today I felt like I had lost endurance in the POOL- after just 1 week! I couldn’t believe it. I was gasping for air today!!!! I could NOT do bilateral breathing for the first 25 minutes. I just felt like my lungs were half the size.

To make matters more challenging, the pool was packed today with over 11 people in my section and very choppy waters. I know this is great practice for the open-water swim, but it made my confidence today very shaky!

It took me a whopping 17 laps to feel like I was warmed up and back to where I left off a week ago. Quite disappointing! I have said it before and I will say it again: I am shocked that training on the road to the bike to the pool does not seem to translate into cross-endurance. It is almost as if I have one set of lungs for the pool and another set for the road! :ninja:

I can’t remember if I mentioned this or not, but I checked into a second swim place a few weeks ago and their lessons are full until mid-July. So now, as a third approach, I am going to look for a private swim instructor in the area to see if someone can give Eric and I a lesson or two privately.

Today’s swim, while a bit frustrating, was still a GREAT swim, and I left feeling proud and energized. I know that I give my all when I am in that pool and that is what it is all about. Not what someone else can do, not what the person in the competitive lane can do, but what I can do. Hola.

The humbling swim:

  • Distance: 48 lengths/24 laps/1200 metres (I was frustrated and would not quit til I felt better!!!)
  • Time: 43 mins.


I left with a smile on my face. I only planned on doing 30 laps, but when I couldn’t get into the groove, I knew I had to stick with it longer today. There will be good days and there will be hard days! Such is life.

I came home CRAZY hungry. Swimming laps turns me into a 6’4” hockey player.

And then I realized that we still have no groceries. I ended up heating a can of Amy’s Split Pea soup mixed with my Black Eyed Pea Soup. Then I garnished it with sesame seed and crushed Mary’s Crackers. It was actually awesome and had over 20 grams of protein.


Nothing is better after a swim than a juicy grapefruit!


and a fresh juice!


You are getting verrrrrry sleepy.

Is it just me or does this placemat make you dizzy? Blame Eric, he bought it! :lol:

I LOVED this juice today. It was so simple too! Just 1 beet, 2 carrots, 1 lemon, 1 garlic clove. BOOM.


Birthday flowers.


I’m off to moisturize my heart out. The pool has made my skin drier than a desert. It has lost ALL its’ glow. Chemicals, while obviously necessary in a public pool, are just soooo bad for the skin! I cringe.

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Jessica @ How Sweet May 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

That placemat definitely just made me dizzy. And more tired than I already am!


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 20, 2010 at 2:10 pm

It really is crazy how much you lose endurance from taking just a little time off. I accidentally didn’t run for almost a month but was doing a lot of biking and yoga, and I felt like I was going to DIE on my first run after that. Luckily I’m back with it but geesh!


Christie {Honoring Health} May 20, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I haven’t had juice in ages but my body has been craving it lately. I think I might make some tonight when I get home. I have some CSA beets and carrots to use!


Heather (Heather's Dish) May 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm

that soup sounds really delicious! isn’t it fun when you mix stuff together and it turns out great! gotta love that :) glad the swim turned out better than you though!


Claire May 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm

I definitely realize I lose some endurance or don’t feel as good when taking a little time off. I have no energy for running just from skipping the weekend…ugh!

Love the bowl the soup is in!


Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker May 20, 2010 at 2:26 pm

GREAT JOB WITH YOUR SWIM!!! I really, really want to get into that. You’re inspiring me :)


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Gorgeous Flowers!


Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches May 20, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Good for you for listening to your body and being okay with your swim today! It’s so humbling when I have a tough time completing a workout that I know I could do a few weeks or months ago. All we can do when that happens is to be proud of the fact that we challenged ourselves for today without making comparisons to past efforts…I figure that as long as I challenge my body’s current abilities, increased endurance and speed will follow.


Deanna May 20, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Your body will remember. It takes much less time to re-build endurance than it does to build it in the first place. You’ll be okay!


Evelyn @ cheers2healthy May 20, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I’m training for my first triathlon too! I’ve always been a swimmer but I definitely hate the chlorine-baggage that comes with swimming. I’ve started using a product from Khiel’s and I think it does a lot to neutralize the odor from the chlorine and I feel like the chlorine doesn’t “stick” to my body as much. I basically rinse off with hot water after the pool, rinse with the Khiel’s, then proceed to shower with my normal shampoo/conditioner/wash products per usual. I highly recommend it : P

Khiel’s Chlorine Neutralizer:


Jenny May 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm

That’s one crazy placemat! Hypnotizing:) mine are all boring, square and plain or striped!


nicole @ Making Good Choices May 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I love juices, but I tend to stick to the same ones..can you taste the garlic? I never thought to add that/it scares me alittle bit.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

yes you can taste it! I do not recommend it if you shall be near others ;)


Lisa May 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I am ALWAYS crazy starving after swimming. It’s bizarre!

Don’t feel bad about not bilateral breathing. I still don’t get what the big deal is about it. If you can swim laps and feel comfortable breathing on one side, do it!


Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I haven’t swam in a LONG time, but reading you talk about it on here makes me want to start up again! I DO remember how hungry I always was after swimming though!

When I first saw the picture of the soup, I thought you had put nut butter in the middle, rather than crackers. I was scared of that taste combination! Ha! :)


Sam May 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Awesome job sticking with a tough workout. I’ve been swimming competitively for over a decade and still have days where I feel like I’m fighting the water and lacking any rhythm. It feels like much more work than it should be. You just have to tough it out and look forward to those other days when you feel smooth, fast, and move through the water relatively effortlessly. Those make it all worth it!

My typical post-swim routine is a thorough rinse-off in the shower followed by a generous application of face moisturizer (I keep a small bottle in my swim bag). Body lotion is a good friend, too. I do full-body lotioning every day, even on non-swimming days, right after my morning shower to lock in moisture to compensate for what is lost at the pool on my swimming days.


Laura D May 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm

coming from a swimmer i know exactly what youre talking about! what ive come to learn is you lose your swimming endurance much faster than running endurance. thats because when you walk, you mimic some of the movements you do while running, but nothing can compare to the way you engage your muscles when you swim. My coach always used to tell me missing one day of swim practice was like missing two days in any other sport! don’t worry though, you’ll get right back at it!


Sarah for Real May 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I love that picture of your juice and dizzy placemat!

That’s so awesome that you stayed in the pool even LONGER than you planned to because you were having a tough time. Very inspiring!


[email protected]:// May 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm

That placemat does make me dizzy. But it’s still cute and has great colors. We just won’t look at it too long. :)


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I love the colors of the placemat, but it does make me very dizzy. Especially because I just donated blood!


Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Swimming can be funny like that. Because I was most nervous about the swim in my last few races – I really tried to swim ALOT before the race….it really helped with the nerves :)


Camille May 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I hate exercising when your body just doesn’t seem to have the endurance! Good for your for sticking it out!


Allison @ Food For Healing May 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I could imagine pool water drying your skin out so much. I work at a pool place that sells chemicals and does maintenance, and its crazy how many different things they put into pools. Especially PUBLIC ones. eek.


Ellen May 20, 2010 at 6:24 pm

try putting a layer of coconut oil on before your swim! it acts as a natural barrier so hopefully your skin won’t dry out and won’t absorb as many nasties. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 20, 2010 at 6:41 pm

GREAT idea!!!


kate May 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Hooray for a good swim! I love swimming :)


Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 20, 2010 at 6:39 pm

I can never get over how VERY tiring swimming is!! I always thought it was so easy before I actually tried it haha..


christina cadden May 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Flowers are so pretty.


simpledaisy May 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I have never swam before….just cycling and running!! I am way too afraid to swim plus I just don’t think I would enjoy it!!!
I do know that even though I just finished a half marathon a week before I went out for my first 20 mile bike ride of the season , I was SLOW as molasses on my bike ride! I think it’s so weird how things just don’t translate to one another. Then I did p90x legs for the first time in 3 weeks and can hardly move!! Let’s just say….even walking hurts:)
So frustrating!! But keep it up….you’re just as inspiring as ever!


eatmovelove May 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Man I wish I could swim…withouth floats and a life-jacket ;)…ugh. Never did catch on and I don’t think there’s any hope for me unless I practiced every day for 10 hours…
Never caught on to the grapefruit thing…but LOVE oranges..BIG ones


The Healthy Apron May 20, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Awww beautiful birthday flowers! They look great in your pictures!


Jennie May 20, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Do you live in Ontario? I am taking my family on a trip this summer to visit my husband’s family in the St. Mary’s and London area and was wondering if you had any great recommendations of things we should do/sights we should see. We thought about going to Toronto and of course, Niagara Falls. We live in Arizona and are very excited about our 12 day vacation to Canada. I know it’s going to be green and beautiful! Thanks!! :)


Ashley May 20, 2010 at 9:43 pm

It usually takes me 10 lengths to feel warmed up but it’s not til I get to 25 lengths that I feel in the zone. There is something about swimming that I’m completely in love with. I know what you mean about the lungs tho…I had to run at our softball game last night and thought I might die. I haven’t run in like 3 months.


Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 20, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Hey, a tip to keep your skin moisturized while swimming is to lay on the coconut oil before you swim. It creates a wonderfully natural and moisturizing barrier between you and the chlorine.

Congrats on swimming so many laps!


Triathlonbabe May 21, 2010 at 12:07 am

Swimming and running are 2 of the 3 disciplines that I lose most of my endurance if I don’t keep them up consistently all week….cycling, not so much.

The soup and presentation look fabulous!


Ashley May 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Hi! I am a long time follower, but a first time commenter! I am so pumped you are doing a triathlon! I will complete my 3rd tri this July! They are so much fun! I am just wondering, did you find a tri training plan on the internet? Or are you reading books? Or just winging it :)
A tip for you… you should get a swim cap the day of the race! Put your personal swim cap on, put your goggles on then put the Race Swim Cap over your goggles… that way if you get kicked in the face …you won’t lose your goggles! They will be sandwiched between both swim caps!
The open water swim is scary at first, but don’t doubt yourself…go toward the front of the pack- You’ll be glad you did!


Hayley May 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Swimming does the same thing to my appetite. I always kinda like it. That, and the post-swim feeling of being totally drained.


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