Friday, March 6, 2009

What Animal Am I?

Tuesday, I was a shark.

Wednesday, I was... well, whatever animal that would make a good cyclist. I was that. The same again on Thursday evening.

Later on Thursday night, I was a dolphin.

Then, an alligator.

Then, a warthog.

I think all the animal analogies had me a little confused. I did great as a shark, hunting down my lanemates and passing them in the timetrial. The bike was great too, both nights. As a dolphin, I excel- although I can't say that the arms portion of the butterfly is even close to elegant. Still, it wasn't terrible, and I could keep it together.

I just don't do alligator very well. The theme for Thursday's swim was sighting-- okay, I've done that before, poorly, but I've done it. Well, we were trying a new technique. Rather than sight on a breath, thus holding your entire head out of the water, the idea behind alligator sighting is that you just peek your eyes out of the water, like an alligator.

Coach Jill was videotaping us, and the only clip of me goes stroke, stroke, choke-- head comes right up, sputtering and cursing.

By the end of the session, it was passable. I found that if I only tried to do it after breathing on the left, I could get a bit of a rhythm. (I like to breathe every three strokes)

After the swim was the usual core workout. In this, I definitely need work. The workout was tough, but I was grunting and huffing like a warthog-- and I sure felt like one! So here's to being a shark (or dolphin) in the water, a kangaroo on the bike, and a wolf on the run.

Or maybe we should just forget about the animal analogies.

Okay, about the kangaroo... massive "quad" muscles = good cyclist, right?