Monday, January 29, 2007


I love Rocky.

I can remember, when I was in 3rd grade, sitting in the theatre watching Rocky IV with my mom and my best friend and being absolutely beside myself with excitement. This weekend, I got to sit in the theatre with my husband, my 4th grader, and my 5 year old and watch Rocky Balboa. It was great! Granted, there's only so much you can do with the movie when Rocky is like 50 years old or something, but it still gave me chills and made me want to jump and scream "Rock-y!" over and over!! It also made me want to go out and buy some of those old gray sweats..haha.

Saturday, I did Michele's "Have Mercy" Spinervals dvd on my trainer. Wow - 2 hours of all the best spinerval workouts back to back...believe me, I needed some mercy by the end of that thing. The great thing about it, though, was that it was shortest 2 hours I've ever spent on the trainer. Actually, I never even spent a whole 2 hours on it before. But the dvd changed so often that the time flew by. And since the Rocky movie only played at 4:30 and 10:00 at the theatre here, I had to put my swim off until Sunday so that we could all get ready to go. I was afraid the boys would fall asleep if we waited until 10:00. I didn't complain, though, after doing that dvd I was glad to put the swim off..ha!

So Sunday afternoon, Bo and I headed to the pool around 3:30. My swim workout was supposed to be 4000 yards like this:
WU: 300 then 8x50 on 10 seconds rest
MS: 1000,800,600,400,200,100 on 1 minute rest
Everything was going great - my 50's are getting down to 52 - 53 seconds regularly. I did the warmup, then the 1000 in 20:29, the 800 in 17:00, and the 600 in 13:00. As I looked up after the 600, I noticed I was the only one in the pool, and Bo was the only one in the kiddie pool. I asked one of the life guards if they were closing and she said "Yes, we close at 4:45 on Sunday." Blah. So I had to call it quits. And I really hated that, because I had been a little nervous about my ability to complete the 4000 yd swim workout in the beginning, but at that point, I had no doubts that I could finish it just fine. But I got out, got Bo out of the kiddie pool and headed home. I still got 3100 yards, so it was still a good workout. Then Bo was coughing his head off this morning and for some reason my back was aching badly, and I opted for no 5 a.m. workout today. I'm going to do my scheduled trainer ride this evening, then hit the pool early tomorrow morning if all is well.


Michele said...

I can NOT get those pool hours figured out. But at least you still got in a great swim.

"Have Mercy" is tough, isn't it? But like you said, it changes so often it keeps your mind off the time.

Lance Notstrong said...

I liked Rocky too!!! I thought it was cool the way they tied in some of the old more obscure characters :-)

Joe said...

Tell me about it! I fricking love Rocky too! I mention him all the time on my blog. Here's just a sample:
* You're Not So Bad
* Speed! Speed!!! SPEED!!!!!!
* BC Champs Swim Meet Report, Part FIVE: Mano a Mano

Some time ago, I even bought the CD, The Rocky Story, which has songs from the soundtracks of the first four movies. Unfortunately, I didn't like that CD's version of Gonna Fly Now. I much prefer the version in Rocky II that is played when Rocky runs the streets of Philly with hundreds of kids.

So what's a nerdy computer guy to do? I ripped that track from the Rocky II movie DVD and turned it into an mp3. I also ripped the "training montage" from the same DVD. The training montage was played right after the part where Micky says "What are we waiting for!".

qcmier said...

Awesome, I've got the Rocky song in my head now. I need some steps to climb. Gonna Fly Now....

RunBubbaRun said...

You could never go wrong with Rocky, running up the stairs and waving up your hands in victory never gets old.

Great job on the swimming. That is some massive yardage.

Phil said...

If you can believe it, I haven't seen any of the Rocky movies ... I'm just not in the main stream I guess.

Great job at the pool. BTW, I have a friend that is dabbling in Sprint Triathlons but he really sucks at swimming. I can't get him to go take lessons, is there anything you could recommend that could show him proper technique? Thanks.