Day 61: How far is too far to push yourself?

By Skip

The big question I walked with after today’s workout is “how far is too far to push yourself?”  I am specifically talking about my swim workout.  I know there is no clear cut answer for this but I really need to figure that out.  I think once I have the mental answer to that I will be able to be more comfortable.  It is not swimming in the pool I am thinking about, it is the open water swim that lingers in the back of my mind.  The VO2 drills in my main set really caused me to pose this question…. there were times I thought I was going to pass out and I don’t know if I was over working the drills OR if I was not breathing properly and possibly hyperventilating.

On my agenda was:

  • WU: 250 @ low aerobic intensity
    • 6 x 25 drills, RI=0:10
  • MS: 7 x 75 @ VO2max intensity, RI=0:30
    • 6 x 25 kick, RI=0:15
  • CD: 250 @ low aerobic intensity

I was able to stick to my game plan today because I ended up in one of the shorter lanes.  Very strange day at the pool.  I got there in the middle of the afternoon and it was scorching hot!  Stupidly I didn’t wear sun screen because I was doing a short swim today… Just not smart… Don’t know what I was thinking!

There was hardly anybody there when I got there… I thought maybe they were closed or maybe setting up for another swim meet.  After thinking about it, I think the heat scared everybody off.  I didn’t realize it but when my wife saw my sunburned back when I got home she gave me a good talking to 🙂

Tropical storm Bonnie didn’t cause as much of a disruption in my schedule as I thought it would, however, there is suppose to be some residual weather rolling in the next couple of days so hopefully it does no mess me up again.

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Filed in: Sprint Training, Swimming, Triathlon • Saturday, July 24th, 2010

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