Day 4: Fartlek and oh, so much better in the water

By Skip

Today was a good day… in many respects.  First of all it was Friday, the last day of work before this 3 day weekend.  We were also able to get out of work early, therefore, I was able to get to the pool with plenty of extra time.

Today, when I looked at my schedule I noticed that I was going to be doing a “fartlek.”  I know it sounds really funny!  Here is the Wiki description of a fartlek:

  • Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a form of conditioning which puts stress mainly on the aerobic energy system due to the continuous nature of the exercise. The difference between this type of training and continuous training is that the intensity or speed of the exercise varies, meaning that aerobic and anaerobic systems can be put under stress. Most fartlek sessions last a minimum of 45 minutes and can vary from aerobic walking to anaerobic sprinting. Fartlek training is generally associated with running, but can include almost any kind of exercise.

Soooooo…. no more jokes about the name, ok?  I am not sure if I mentioned in my last swim post but the pool I swim at is about 3 miles away (actually, it is EXACTLY 3 miles) so I ride my bike back and forth to my swimming workouts.  Gives me an extra 6 miles of workout!

Got to the pool today and looked at my schedule:

  • WU: 200 @ low aerobic intensity
    • 6 x 25 drills, RI=0:10
  • MS: 4 x 100 (25 easy/25 hard) easy = moderate aerobic intensity, hard = threshold intensity, RI=0:10
    • 4 x 25 kick, RI=0:15
  • CD: 200 @ low aerobic intensity

I really felt a lot more comfortable today.  I still need to get some additional equipment to do some of the drills but I will pick that up tomorrow after my bike workout.  I think next time I am in the pool I will feel an even BIGGER difference.  Don’t get me wrong, I have a very, very, VERY long ways to go but today was a little bit of a reprieve after the last time I was at the pool.

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Filed in: Sprint Training, Swimming, Triathlon • Saturday, May 29th, 2010
 

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