Day 22: Back in the water

By Skip

Enough of being a slacker, time to get back to work!  I ended up driving to the pool today instead of driving.  I need to run some errands first.  So I pulled up in my ’67 Mustang ready to get my swim on.  Looking at what I had to do I was a little bit intimidated with my main set but I was ready to meet the challenge head on.  One of my points of confusion, even today, is should I be more worried about speed or endurance?  When I compare my biking and running workouts it seems like the trainer is trying to build the endurance up.

The reason I say this is because I never meet the projected time that my schedule has for me.  I always take much longer to complete my scheduled tasks.  But when I look at my first triathlon deadline, quite honestly, I need to just get through the swim, regardless of speed.  I don’t want to go all that way only to get panicked or run out of breath.  I mean come on!  How embarrassing would that be?  The more books I read about triathlons, that is a very common mind set and I don’t want to be a victim of that outcome.

Here was my schedule:

  • WU: 250 @ low aerobic intensity
    • 6 x 25 drills, RI=0:10
  • MS: 5 x 100 @ moderate aerobic intensity, RI=0:05
  • CD: 250 @ low aerobic intensity

After finishing I felt pretty darn good.  Those main set laps I struggled a little bit but I finished them.  I really don’t have  a good handle on how hard I can push myself in the swimming area of my training.  The mental thought that is always in the back of my head is:

“If you run out of breath while running, you can stop on the side of the road.  If you are biking, just pull over.  If you are SWIMMING, attempt to tread water and stay alive!”

Anyway, the day is done, I beat the storm that was rolling in and I need to formulate a mental plan for how to handle the swim.

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Filed in: Sprint Training, Swimming, Triathlon • Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

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