Tuesday, March 8, 2011

CHANGE: A simple concept that requires commitment and tenacity for SUCCESS!

Athletically I've made some MAJOR changes this year and I'm proud to say I'm sticking to
them like flies on a fresh steamy pile of Golden Retriever poop.

I started TRX late December/early January and I've stuck to a 2 x a week 1:15 of strength and conditioning "HELL" like those flies would. I'm starting my third installment of 10 classes so this proves it! Dede, Todd, Laura and hopefully Shannon will all be TRX slaves with me as I've somewhat inspired them to take the challenge, do something different, get ROCK SOLID.
It comes with a price mind you. I still leave every session sweaty, completely spent and wondering how I'm going to hold my arms up wielding sharp instruments all day. I know I'm only complimenting my swimming, biking and running with this and staying INJURY FREE
so therefore, I'm not givin' it up. IF MD, my Semper Fi, Drill Sargent up and leaves me, I am DOOMED. Who else is going to tell me "IT SAYS ZERO" when I complain about how I swam 4000 yesterday and I don't know if I will be able to work hard today. I get this look of 'Your kidding me, right' smirk on his face along with the comment, "Let me look at my *Give A F@ck meter* and see what it says"
I LOVE YOU MD!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrr.

Ok so what else have I committed to besides insanity? My run form. Oh boy.. this is a big one folks and I'm not going to go too much into this because all ya's gotta do is scroll down to my previous post and my mini video says it all. I need to follow up with my next video of me dancing around with my new run form. This is FAR FROM EASY and every run is nothing but paying close attention to:
keeping a slight forward lean
staying relaxed
keeping my chicken wing arms close to my body
maintaining a high cadence (90)
landing on my forefoot

This is a rather large POOP PILE to contend with each and every run but like the flies, DAMN IT I'm sticking to it in hopes that someday before my 79th birthday celebration,It quite possibly will be a HABIT.

Last but not least.

My freestyle swim stroke. It needed some tweaking as everyones could. We won't even go into how  horrible
my flip turns really are, so that got overhauled too. MAJOR POOP HERE. Yikes! For the last 3 weeks, I have not felt snappy and fresh in the pool. All I do is concentrate on my elbows and keeping my hand placement where It's been POUNDED into me. As for the flip turn, my biggest flaw is not letting my head lead in conjunction with my hand on the entry to the wall and I loose all my momentum going in with a sloppy ass lead in stroke so I've got nothing coming off  that wall. Think feathers poofing out of a down pillow. HORRIBLE....
And get this!!!!!! I am swimming the 1650 free this coming Saturday at Harvard somewhat verkclempt on if I should just swim it my old crappy self way or suck it up and swim it paying close attention to every last stroke and flip, not concerning myself with my time.

Think steamy pile of poop and those flies again...

Change is good!


Melissa said...

Yuck, I hate poop, especially when it resembles soft ice cream recently dispensed from the machine in a nice circular pile.

Good luck this weekend! I say do the race with your new flip turn focus. It's all about putting in the time with something new until eventually you forget that you are focusing on it b/c it's the new "normal". WooHoo swim meets!

Anonymous said...

Change is very good!! I am sure that all the hard effort will pay off in your new and improved INJURY FREE life :)

Jennifer Harrison said...

LOVED this post! I love that you are racing the 1650 this weekend, my fav! GOOD luck and nail those turns, 65 turns, I think in scy. Trust me, I have thought about this too! LOL
and so glad you love the TRX; I knew you'd love it!!!!!!!! :)

kerrie said...

Oh, that is such a classic line, I may have to borrow it(the one about the give a f@ck meter, lol)! You ARE focused:) can hardly wait to see you in a week to unfocus you a little!

Shan said...

Yes, as soon as I get a little bit stronger, I TOO will be joining you for some TRX sweat-fests... I already love the trainer just by his zero tolerance attitude. LOVE this post!! You are going to rock it at the meet - go TGP go!!!

Rebecca DeWire said...

That line about the F@ck meter is a good one. Sounds like you are super committed to your changes and hopefully they will pay the dividends that you deserve.

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