Sunday, February 01, 2009

Hour Postal 2009

I swam the hour postal yesterday, for the 6th year in a row.

2004 - 3315
2005 - 3845
2006 - 3780
2007 - 3920
2008 - 4100
2009 - Um... I don't remember exactly. Something like 3400 yards.

So, once again, I did not hit my goal of swimming 4200 yards. Hardy har har. I'm 6 months pregnant. When I first considered doing it, I figured if i just did more than 3315, I could see that as progress from when I first started swimming, because I wasn't pregnant then.

I got in and tried to pace myself off of someone who usually swims a lane or two down from me. I felt OK, but I got cramps after 20 minutes or so. This has happened the last couple of times I've swam Masters workouts. I stopped on the wall, slowed way down, alternated backstroke and freestyle, stopped looking at people in the lanes next to me, and felt fine after a while. I had kinda hoped to average 1:40's, but knew I'd have to give this up if I felt at all uncomfortable. So I averaged about 1:46 per one hundred, which considering I was doing a lot of stopping, cramping, and backstroke, isn't too shabby. And who cares!!! I'm pregnant. It really doesn't matter, does it? I'm glad I didn't get out after I started cramping, and slowed down instead. I felt fine at the end of the hour. I hope the cramping thing is just something temporary, and won't continue for the rest of my pregnancy.

25 Random Things About Me - Facebook Chain

This was surprisingly hard for me to write and publish. I haven't been blogging much. I'm not sure whether being pregnant makes me feel more vulnerable, or just more uncomfortable with vulnerability.

Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to "notes" under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

1. I ate 2 chocolate chip cookies baked with marijuana when I was 2 years old. The green ones were in reach on the stove, and the regular ones were up on the fridge, so…That is one of two times I’ve done illicit drugs, the second time when I was in Guatemala when I was 23. Pot again.

2. I’m very shy, but I also feel a need for family and community in my life.

3. I’m politically very liberal, but have almost always been conservative in my personal life. Don’t confuse this with close-mindedness. I’m always interested in the paths other people have chosen in their own pursuit of fulfillment.

4. My family was Buddhist when I was born, and converted to Christianity when I was 9. I’m not sure how I’ll explain Christianity and religion to the baby I’m expecting in May. I’ve never tried to convert anyone before.

5. I’m an open water swimmer. My greatest open water accomplishment is swimming the width of Lake Tahoe solo. I once dreamed of swimming the English Channel, but it’s a dream I’ll have to wait on for a while, because of the baby, and it isn’t as important to me as it once was.

6. I did a few triathlons last year: a sprint, one Olympic Distance, and one Ironman 70.3. Maybe I’ll do an Ironman 140.6 someday, but again, with the baby coming who knows?

7. I once wrote a letter to Bono inviting him to my sister’s wedding. My basic argument was that I spent such a huge part of my income on his stuff (concert tickets, albums, T-shirts, etc.) that a plane ticket to my sister’s wedding, as a percentage of his income, would be nothing compared to what I’d spent on U2 crap. He never answered, of course.

8. I was briefly a smoker, but didn’t smoke much. I smoked maybe a pack a month, mostly as something to do between bands when I went to clubs by myself.

9. I shaved my head when I was 18 years old. I didn’t shave my legs back then. I now have long hair and shave my legs when I’m bored.

10. I spent spring break of my sophomore year in college in a Russian Orthodox Women's Monastery. I once seriously considered becoming a nun.

11. I love swimming and being active now, but used to prefer dark, quiet places with close friends and family.

12. I have a slight crush on Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle, both the character in the book and in the movie. I’m not sure why. He’s vain, cowardly, and a big baby, the Anti-Harry Potter. Lots of other women apparently share this crush, and the ones I’ve talked to say it is because Christian Bale does his voice in the movie. But I’ve never liked Christian Bale all that much, so I doubt that is it. He’s a complicated hero, and I think that is why he is appealing to me.

13. I like comedies more than serious movies. Life is serious enough without fictional drama.

14. I’m pretty messy. I’m definitely developing better habits, but household chores have historically been low on my priority list.

15. In first grade, I stayed in at recess to do extra work, because I was in the “Green Group”, which was ranked below the “Red Group”, where the “smart kids” sat.

16. I hated swimming passionately when I did it as an age group swimmer. It’s now my main hobby, but I have yet to thank my parents for making me do it as a kid.

17. When I was a kid, my parents thought I’d grow up to be an artist. They were surprised when I instead became an academic nerd. I guess I didn’t show much sign of being smart as a toddler. My art teachers have generally agreed that I have artistic talent, but I’ve never done much to develop it.

18. I can be very, very single minded. If I have a goal in my head, it is almost all I think about. It's hard for me to be balanced.

19. If I sense jealousy from you, I probably don’t like you. I can’t be bothered to like people who would rather see me fail in life than succeed.

20. I’m addicted to the Internet. I escape into my computer when I’m hiding from something.

21. I was Pre-Med in college, but never applied. I’m not the kind of person with boundless energy, so it was hard for me to see getting through residency, or at least coming out of it as a nice, sane person. I also saw doctors work such long hours, it just didn’t seem like the lifestyle for me. Sometimes I regret it, but not all that much, especially since I became pregnant.

22. If an event doesn’t involve food or some kind of athletic endeavor, it’s hard for me to get excited about it. When invited to the annual lighting of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse by Angel, I couldn’t fathom why I would go to something that didn’t involve eating or exercise.

23. I was a Philosophy Major in college, but haven’t picked up a philosophy book since I graduated.

24. I’m really looking forward to being a mom, much more than I thought I would. I finally get why people want kids. Being pregnant is really amazing. I should appreciate how well my body works for me more, but it can be a chore working so hard just to maintain my health and fitness. I’m in good shape, but at 33, I work hard against the inevitable process of running down. So I’m in awe of the human life inside me develop out of almost nothing, and becoming more than what it is, rather than less.

25. I sometimes wish that life were a musical. People are earnest in musicals in a way they rarely are in real life.