Friday, July 12, 2013

Banded

by Meghann on July 12, 2013

Happy Friday!!!

Who’s pumped for the weekend?!?! I am! I am!

Tomorrow I’m meeting my sister for a long bike ride, Sunday I’m heading to Disney World for the ESPN Wide World of Sports Festival Media Event (super excited for that), and my backyard is getting a makeover somewhere in between. What are your plans?

Since we were rained out of swim practice yesterday (what else is new?), we had a Friday morning swim practice this week.

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The pool was PACKED at 6:00am. Maybe it’s because everyone keeps getting rained out of their afternoon sessions and we’ve all retreated to the morning? Also, there’s long course in the morning which means there are only half the lanes available. I LOVE swimming long course, but it does take up a lot of precious pool real estate making the switch.

Since we were low on lanes, 5 of us had to squeeze into a single lane for practice. Coach decided today was a good day to work on form. After a 300 warm-up, we put bands around our legs that stayed on the whole practice. The “bands” are old bike tubes that are tied around our ankles to prevent our legs from kicking. If you move with good form you’re usually okay, but the moment you struggle and start to slow down, you sink.

To make it even more fun, we use paddles the same time we have our legs tied. Paddles are my enemy. I know I need them to help build shoulder strength since my stroke SUCKS, but I feel awkward and slow with them on. the paddles combined with the band is complete torture.

Our practice was made of of 50s. We traded off 6 x 50 with paddles and 6 x 50 paddle free, rotating paddles with each new set (we did 3 total).

Fun fact: I’m right handed, but left arm dominant.

How is that possible? I have no idea. I’ve always been stronger on my left side when it come to weight training and favor my left arm when kayaking. Apparently I favor it in the pool.

My coach kept reminding me how awful my right arm looked after each set. “Left was fine. Right sucked.”

When I’m swimming, both arms feel the same in the water, but for some reason I’m getting a deeper pull with my left arm, while my right arm breaks at the wrist and goes no where. Whenever I thought I finally got it right, my coach would give me a simple no. Ugh. So frustrating.

My shoulders were burning by the end. Definitely a tough and frustrating workout.

Derek and I tried a new-to-us pizza place for dinner tonight: Cappy’s Pizzeria in Seminole Heights.

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I’ve heard good reviews about the place, but have never been. It’s a cute hipster-ish place that serves both Chicago deep dish and New York style pizza. They also have a great beer selection. Luckily I was warned ahead of time that it’s cash only.

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The menus were hand written on the back of record covers. How fun is that?

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To drink, I had a Lucky U IPA from Breckenridge Brewrey.

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Pretty good.

Derek and I split a small Greek salad to start.

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I really enjoyed the dressing, it wasn’t too heavy or overpowering. I also thought the toppings were plentiful and delicious.

When choosing between the Chicago deep dish or New York style pizza, Derek picked the Chicago deep dish. We ordered the medium veg, which was PLENTY for the two of us to share (+ leftovers).

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The crust was just okay; it was surprisingly crispy for a deep dish pizza. However, the toppings were great; fresh and bulky. I really liked the sauce, lightly sweet with a bit of basil.

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We both left stuffed.

We stopped on the way home and got Spring Breakers from RedBox. We’re an hour in and I would NOT recommend it. Awful, awful movie.

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