A swim-oriented week

This past week has been kind of full of swim workouts. I swam three times and I’m loving it! It feels so good to get back into my swimming groove, even though I have felt less powerful in my stroke and my right shoulder has been bothering me (more on that later). This morning I did 3100m with the triathlon club and it was hard work, but, honestly, at the pace I was going, I could have swam all day. I’m not sure if that’s what I should be doing or if I should be pushing it harder during the workout to be utterly exhausted by the end. I figure that over the next couple of months I’ll figure that out. My other swims this week have been much shorter – 30 and 45 minutes. One was around 1000m and the other around 1500m. They seem really short and almost not worth doing, but I do more intervals with those and I think it is a good thing to do during the week. I am going to stick with this plan. Intervals = good!

This week I have also eaten better than I have in a long time. Suppers have been healthy and full of lots of veggies, quinoa, and beans. After last week’s vegan meetup at a restaurant and talking to a couple about sprouting and how awesome it is, I have been sprouting lentils. Sprouting is something that I have kind of forgotten about, even though I used to sprout in my early days of being vegan. As I write this, my lentils are sprouting away! It’s great! So healthy, so nutritious, and so tasty! All I did was soaked lentils overnight, put them in a jar, put some mesh over the jar, and tipped it upside down, but one side kind of up (I’m sure there’s a better way of doing this and I really should include a picture in this). After a day or two, they will start sprouting.

Also on the topic of food and nutrition, I had the best quinoa oatmeal this morning! I soaked some flax seeds a couple of days ago (I love soaked flax seeds and their goo) and put them in the cooked quinoa, then I put soaked almonds in it (also loving the soaked almonds), a touch of soy milk, and a bit of sugar. It was so delicious! And healthy and protein-rich, but not full of soy and doesn’t have too many carbs. Brilliant!

I have a couple of containers of leftovers for lunches this week and am looking forward to continuing with my good training and eating streak!

As far as my shoulder goes, I “tweaked” my right shoulder this summer. I don’t even know how – I know it wasn’t from training because I hardly trained this summer. So I have been getting massages lately and she said that there is a lot of scar tissue in my arm. She asked what I had done to it. I asked if playing badminton could produce scar tissue. She said, “Well, duh. Of course it can!” I said, “How about volleyball?” in my “I already know what you’re going to say” voice. She just laughed. She worked on my shoulder and it hurt. Well, it hurt after. I didn’t bruise like she said I might, but it was really sore. Not sore enough for me not to swim and even the butterfly didn’t hurt as much as it has. I’m going to keep getting massages going for my shoulders and I’ve been icing it. I’ll ice it after every swim and weight session in hopes that it’ll help flush out some of that scar tissue. Fun stuff!

3 thoughts on “A swim-oriented week

    • October 25, 2010 at 11:29 am

      Firstly, I am skeptical about the picture’s details – I wonder where the artist got their information. As someone that has seen slaughter houses up close and personal, I can assure you that most factory farms do not use all of the cow. It is much more profitable for them to be fast rather than use every part of the cow. All that being said, we vegans do what we can to not consume animal products – it really is impossible to be part of the western world without some sort of animal consumption, it’s just the way our society is designed. Each person has their individual choices to make and their battles to choose. To me, veganism is a way of me showing my philosophy around equality among species and it just feels better and I’m way healthier than I was as an omnivore.

      What do you make of it?

  • October 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Well said and very close to what I was thinking. You must try or not bother at all, right?


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