Sunday, February 28, 2010

The trick is to keep breathing

Well all the time ya spend trying to get back what's been took from ya, more is going out the door. After a while you just have to try to get a tourniquet on it.

Lately, I'm not the only one
I say, never trust anyone

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Jump in the line

During my normal drive to work, I pass by a fenced park, that is about a block in size. The main feature of this park is a large mango tree, which is centered on the block. Under the tree is a lawn.

This morning as I drove past the park, one addition to the scene occurred. The tree still shaded the square park and it's green wire fence. An early mist softened the air. The morning sun, softly lit things through the light cloud layer. The addition: perched atop the fence, in a row, were 4 ducks. Standing there, on the fence, all facing the street.

Alas, I had no camera take a picture of this, but in some respects, it's better that I didn't.

Shake, shake shake, Senora
Shake your body line
Work, work, work, Senora
Work it all the time

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ooh, just a little bit dangerous

When I arrived at the pool tonight to swim, all the lanes were filled. So I determined that I would need to share a lane, and set about identifying which of the several single-swimmer lanes to ask.

After scoping things out (in all my near-sighted wonderness) I went up to a gentleman as he stopped on the wall, and the following conversation ensured....

  • Me: "Is it alright if I share the lane with you?"

  • Swimmer in water (SIW): Yes.

  • Me: Cool. Do you want to split the lane or circle or something else?

  • SIW: Well, actually, I'm doing backstroke right now, and I won't really know where I will be.

  • Me: Oh, ok. Well, so do you want to pick a side and-
  • SIW: I don't know where I'll be; I kinda go all over the place when doing backstroke.

  • Me: That's alright: I can keep an eye out for you. So should I take this side-
  • SIW: I kinda go all over the place, and can't really stay straight.

  • Me: It should be ok, should I just take-
  • SIW: I just don't really stay on any one side.

  • Swimmer in the neighboring lane: You can get in here.

Now, as his responses progressed, I began to wonder why the gentleman initially said that it was ok for me to share the lane: with each subsequent answer if became further apparent that it was not alright.

Get out of my way, get out of my sight
I won't be walking on thin ice to get through the night

Monday, February 15, 2010

Fading like a flower?

I am just back from a meet this weekend in Clearwater. Overall, things went well. My main goal for things was just to get a status on where I am and to start getting used to racing again--which I think happened. I was not really looking to try to race too hard, and in the case of the 400 IM, I was checking if I could finish it (my fly is in mid-revamping at the moment).

The result? Well, I was able to come back well in all my races, particularly the 2 backstrokes, where I came back on people in the back half (and even-split-ed the 100 to boot). I continue to be perplexed that I went out faster in my 500 than in my 200 free; but I am also just happy that I was under 2:00 in the 200 free and sub-55 in the 100 free.

In any case, times from the weekend:

  • 100 free: 53.48 (25.86/27.62)
  • 200 free: 1:57.72 (59.09/58.63)
  • 500 free: 5:03.58 (58.34/1:01.44/1:01.96/1:02.23/59.61)
  • 100 back: 57.21 (28.55/28.66)
  • 200 back: 2:04.50 (1:01.84/1:02.66)
  • 100 fly: 56.45 (26.62/29.83)
  • 400 IM: 4:38.05 (1:03.50/1:12.26/1:18.10/1:04.09)

(I'm not completely remembering the event order, save that the 400 IM was the last event on Saturday, and the 500 the first on Sunday.)

I will try, I just need a little time

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Sometimes you wonder if this fight is worthwhile

A large portion of my January was spent reading these four books by Russian author Sergey Lukyanenko.

I had read the first book (Night Watch) a few months ago, but decide to re-read it when I finished my previous book just before the holidays (and figuring that I would get the remaining 3 books in the series for Christmas).

My getting three sequels (Day Watch, Twilight Watch, and Last Watch) almost ran afoul of the Kindle I also got; but instead I now have the 3 books running afoul of using my Kindle.

In any case, if you are looking for a good, semi-fantasy book series, I recommend these. And now I go to read... something else (I've not quite figured out what just yet).

The precious moments are all lost to the tide
They're swept away, nothing is as it seems
The feeling of belonging to your dreams