01 - 10 -10 Kinda cool
I swam today. 1500m in 45 minutes. Tried the SwiMP3 for the first time and it was pretty good! I seem to hum when I am blowing bubbles so I had to stop doing that so I could hear better though. LOL... Also, I had about 20 songs on there for starters and not all of them played. Turns out they do indeed have to be mp3's. I assumed if I was able to drag them onto the icon, they would play. Apparently not. So.... I deleted the non-mp3's and converted the songs I wanted into mp3's using an option in itunes. (Email me if you need more info).
I have a Mac and the SwiMP3 doesn't seem to like me dragging and dropping more than about 5-6 songs at a time so that is a bit of a pain. However, I had a bit of time today so I set up three folders to use next time I swim. I included one folder for podcasts because I am curious to see how they work. I read somewhere that the SwIMP3 doesn't work that effectively for the spoken word. Not a big deal to me, but might be for others so I will report on that later.
As far as comfort etc - they clipped onto the goggles easy enough and the cable that hangs between them, rested on the back of my head/neck without any discomfort. I was aware it was there but it didn't bother me. I could not really feel the "headphones" themselves once they were on. I barely noticed them, very little pressure etc. At first,I had them too far forward and they interfered with the section of my goggles. I moved them back a little, closer to my ears and they were fine then.
As far as volume is concerned, they seemed loud enough. I *think* I had them at full volume but I'm not really sure. I'll do a bit more testing next time I swim. I didn't have a lot of time to play around with them today. They weren't super loud but I could definitely hear the music. The volume changed a little as you turned your head to breathe but that didn't seem to be much of an issue either.
So far, so good. I'd give them an 8/10 for my first try. Definitely made my swim time more pleasurable.
Running Nose / Sneezing/ Burning Eyes
After my swim last Monday, and today, I felt like I was coming down with a cold. This happened to me once in awhile after swimming last year. I believe it is a reaction to the chemicals - either to much or not enough. I googled the topic and found it is a common problem among swimmers. Some find relief with steroidal sprays such as Nasonex, some with antihistamines, others with the use of a Neti Pot. Others couldn't find a solution. I am going to talk to the people at the pool and ask about their schedule for putting chemicals in etc. See if I can find anything out. I am really hoping it's not going to be a regular occurance now. It didn't bother me last spring.
My fave quote from the Slowtwitch forums was: "If your nose runs after swimming, does that count as a brick? "
Right ITB is sore today. Mostly at the hip. I'm sure that's what caused my run pain yesterday. It's from the squats I did yesterday for sure. That's one thing I don't like about the doing the 'test' for the challenges. Doing strength stuff to exhaustion never works out well for me. I need to remember that.
I did some googling and found some info on how to support the ITB with KT Tape. I think I'm going to see if I can track some down.
Found this interesting link on taping the ITB on Youtube.
PS If you are clever, you may have noticed I didn't bike today like I had planned. I felt so crappy from the burning eyes/nose, and have had a braces headache since Friday morning, that I decided to do it tomorrow instead. It's a smart move I think.
PPS Shins felt great today. W00t!
Kelownagurl Tris Podcast
I don't usually talk about my podcast on this blog, but I'm plastering this everywhere this week. If you are a listener, you have probably already heard me mention that next week is my 50th episode! If you are so inclined, I am urging you to help me celebrate one year of podcasting, and my 50th show, by sending an email, an mp3, or calling my voicemail line ~ 1-206-426-1200 ~ (you can call 24/7 - it goes to my email). You can call in with your best tri tips, your own triathlon story, your 2009 accomplishments, your 2010 goals, or even just to say hello!
I will be recording/editing next Saturday, January 16th so I hope to have all submissions in by Friday night if possible.
Thanks for helping to make this an awesome year!
M - bike
T - run
W - swim
T - run
F - off
S - bike
S - run / swim