Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ear plugs helped, but.....

....still a little congested last night and today. But, definitely better than previous times. I can certainly feel the difference in the water with my ears not "popping" every time they go in and out of the water. I'll continue to experiment and just go swimming once a week for the time being. But, I did have a pretty solid workout that I couldn't have come close to doing a year ago at this time.

It was 14 x 100 yds (supposed to be 16, but I ran out of gas) on 2:30, but with a decreasing time to complete the swim. So, here's how it went:

700 yd wu (400 free, 100 kick, 200 pb)
4 at 2:05 (tough to go that "slow" believe it or not--1:56, 1:58, 1:59, 2:02)
4 at 2:00 (a little better - 1:56, 1:58, 1:58, 1:59)
4 at 1:55 (1:53, 1:52, 1:54, 1:54)
2 at 1:50 (1:48, 1:55, ...enough!!!!)
150 yd cd

Considering I hadn't even PR-ed at 1:48 at this time last year, it's encouraging to know that I can do that many 100's before doing a sub-1:50. I feel like I'm not really getting much faster the last few months, but the endurance in the water is definitely improving. Just need to get this post-swim congestion under control!!!!

It's been a hectic week at school (Tue delay, Wed cancel, Thu delay, Fri - 2 hrs of the day for a community service project). Not to complain because I feel fortunate to have a job where I don't have to go out and drive in bad weather (or at least wait an hour or so later to arrive). But, trying to cram everything into 32-minute periods vs 48-minute periods all week is wild. The toughest one is Calculus because we need to stay on pace to be prepared to take "Pitt Tests." Our Calc course is affiliated with the College in High School program at Pitt, so there's milestones that they must reach through the year. I hate it, but they're going to have homework over Super Bowl weekend. Bummer!

I hope everybody survived the winter weather and GO STEELERS!!!


Beth said...

You are totally one of those teachers that gives homework over Christmas and Easter break...aren't you?!?! ;)

ojs said...

No way!! Totally the opposite. I make it a point to NOT assign homework over breaks like that. But, weekends are another thing

.....Plus, this is college level calculus--this is the big leagues! They need to bring it because it's only going to get tougher and more demanding in college.

Beth said...

True that. It is tougher in college. I remember professors not really caring about things like the Super Bowl. :)

Maijaleena said...

I had a professor in grad school that gave us this assignment over spring break that would've taken the whole week (I know cause one guy in the class did the whole thing and it took him all week). When he asked me why I didn't do it, I said because it was spring break! I was more serious in college than grad school though...

It's good for them to learn to work hard, but it is nice for them to get to be kids while they can. Once they are adults they will be working hard a lot.