Monday, May 18, 2009

Sunny San Diego

Last week I was down in San Diego for work so I wasn't able to make it out for any weekday riding but I did get in some good running and even made it to the pool a couple times. I found a pool that was a little over a mile from my hotel and to make it even better, it was located outside. I haven't swam in an outdoor pool for about eight months and I forgot how nice it is. For some reason I have always enjoyed swimming in an outdoor pool even though there are many times (really cold or really hot days) when an indoor pool has its advantages.

The first day I walked over and paid only to find that I had left my goggles back in my hotel room. I didn't have time to walk back to the hotel and then back to the pool so I decided to do some kicking - it really sucked with no goggles. I checked with the desk to see if there was a pair in the lost and found but no such luck. After 50 more yards of no-goggle, no-fun swimming I decided to call it a day. As I climbed out of the pool I noticed a bin on the deck and some part of me thought there was a small chance that there might be a pair of lost or discarded goggles lying in wait. Sure enough, it was the latter, a pair of goggles with a broken strap. I quickly pulled a MacGyver (POW!!) and tied the strap in a knot thus over riding the faulty strap that had hindered the previous owner and I claimed them as my own. They lasted 1,250 yards before springing a substantial leak. I tried messing around with them for another 250 before calling it quits. At this point I was doing quite well for a guy that was just recently trying to eek out a kicking swim workout with no goggles, so the day was a success in my book.

My next swim was much better; I had my goggles.

Total yards swimming: 4,000 (1,500 and 2,500)

I managed to remember my shoes when I went running which worked out great so there isn't much to report there. It was nice that the marine layer didn't go away until around one it was never too sunny but it sure was warm and humid. I got out three times for a total of 17.5 miles while I was in town:

5 miles @ 7:21
7.5 miles @ 8:00
5 miles @ 7:57

Saturday Jen and I went out for a great ride; you can read all about it here. She is really rocking the bike this year, it's like night and day compared to last year - on our last ride she rode strong on the inclines and attacked the downhill sections. I think her max mph was 31.something - awesome.

Sunday I took off from our place for an 8.75 mile run (I was going for eight or nine depending on how I felt). My legs were a bit tired but I managed to keep an 8:00 min/mile avg. on the Springwater which is nice and flat.

Overall a great week.

Anyway, here are some pics from the trip:

Have a great Memorial Day weekend.


Dragonfly on the Water said...

Looks like you had a great week & good work on the MacGyver trick too. I like the last three photos, you & the city, the dragon & the bike. The week-end photos & places in Jen's blog looked wonderful. Keep it up!

Kim said...

sucky about the goggle situation, but way to power through workouts no matter what! those wings and sandwich/fries look like fantastic recovery foods! :)

Alisa said...

Ugh...swimming without googles! Wouldn't happen for me either.

I HEART San Diego. I'll be there in two weeks =).

Nice job with the workouts. I may have to try out your biking spot. I've been wanting to take the bike out for a spin.

Lotusphx said...

Found a good MacGyver quote for your MacGyver like efforts:

"Well, when it comes down to me against a situation, I don't like the situation to win."

Nice work in SD - and great pics :)

Sarah said...

way to improvise! haha

stay classy, san diego!

Marathon Maritza said...

Yeah MacGuyver! Love it!

I'm glad you had a great trip to SD and that you got in some strong workouts. Your girl missed you though, I can attest.

I'm hoping my trip to SD this weekend is a little less sunny...I'm hoping for cool and overcast. Fingers crossed!

Btw, this was my favorite part of your post: "I managed to remember my shoes when I went running..." I literally LOLed!

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