I suppose I’ll preface this blog with, I’m a southern girl. When I first came to school in Northern New York, the majority of my clothes were shorts and short sleeves. Sure, I owned some jeans, and some nonopen toed shoes. But UGGS? Please and a winter jacket? Do my hoodies count?
I hadn’t seen snow in four years until my college visit up here…in mid May. Let’s just say Southern Virginia sees temperatures of 30s and maybe the teens in the middle of the night.
Northern New York?
It was 5 degrees when I walked to practice this morning. It has snowed over a foot since yesterday. I walked to practice at 5:50 and by 8:10am…my tracks were completely covered and I had to create new ones.
All of this…and I still have yet to have a white Christmas. Curse you Virginia.
18X100 Free interval
Oh completely freestyle practice, how I have missed you.
I have had a couple people ask me a few questions about swimming, so I’ll answer them here:
How do you count your laps swimming?
Well my friends, this takes a lot of skill to multithink (which I don’t have ha). In meets, the races are counted for you (above a 200). They are counted by 25s (or lengths) so for instance the 500 is counted to 20, the thousand to 40 and the mile-66. They are counted on one side and by odds-so for instance, 1,3,5,7…37. Then the last length is shown as two red squares. It supposedly makes you go faster-but I wear red tinted goggles so it just looks like squares to me. (And the only thing that motivates me are touch outs baby. There is nothing worse than getting out touched in the mile. Seriously a 20 minute race coming down to one-tenth of second?)
In practice-I count similar by 2s and by lengths as opposed to counting 50-100-150-ect. I hope that makes sense. I often lose count on anything more than a 25. Don’t trust me to a lane leader…I’m too busy plotting my next blog in my mind ha.
What type of swim cap do you use? What are the differences?
There are two primary types of swim caps-latex and silicone.
Latex caps are much cheaper. The caps that are between 1-3 dollars are generally latex caps. They are the “hair rippers.” If you have straight, fine or weak hair, I would not recommend them. They do, however, stay on your head much better than silicone caps. If you use any sort of product in your hair such as mousse, gel or even hair spray, these are your best friend. (I use all of the above) They will stay on your head the entire time.
Silicone caps are much more expensive (about 12 dollars) and are much thicker than latex caps. They will come off your head if you have any sort of product in there. If you have straight hair and fine hair, however, I would highly recommend these. They do not keep moisture out as much as latex (because they aren’t as tight) but they do not rip your hair out. They also keep you warmer since they are so thick.
I actually wear two caps. I have a latex cap that I wear closest to my head (and lose chunks of hair everytime I take it off) and then I wear a silicone cap on top of that too keep the grime out. That just proves how indecisive I am ha.
Have another question about swimming, running, my life?
This Saturday we are having a big holiday party. The females are wearing dresses and getting all fancy like. What can we say, we have had meets for the last month and a half and this is our first Saturday off.
What can I say?
This is going to be a really hard time for me because there will be holidays cakes, cookies and food. Lots and lots of it.
What triggers my binge eating?
This exact scenario. I am not going to skip it but it is going to be very difficult for me. But I do have to bring some sort of dessert. What is your best dessert (and easy) recipe? If no one has anything I’ll make pumpkin cupcakes..so easy. Ha.
Questions for you:
What is your holiday treat to bring to a party?
Snow…YAY or NAY?