The last swim before the race

By Skip

Friday night was a little chilly to be in the water.  Ok, maybe it was not chilly by most people’s standards but it was cooler than normal.  This made for a faster swim… at least in my case.  This is the first swim workout I have done that I finished in a time faster than what was planned.  For instance, today’s workout was suppose to take 22 minutes. I was able to do it just shy of that number.  This is big for me because I feel like I am making headway on my swim and I am finally catching up to the point that the training plan wants me to be at.

It was a pretty short workout due to the taper week:

  • WU: 250 @ low aerobic intensity
    • 6 x 25 drills, RI=0:10
  • MS: 6 x 75 @ VO2max intensity, RI=0:45
  • CD: 250 @ low aerobic intensity

It was a good final workout day.  I feel confident I am ready for a faster swim than the last two times I have raced this year.  My warm up stroke seemed to be very smooth.  During my main sets of 75 I concentrated on a faster stroke but when I did that my form went out the window.  This will be something that I need to practice over time and gradually build up to a faster stroke…. I think!

In regards to some of the other items I have been struggling with this week, I have brought my weight down this week by 5 pounds.  This was about all I could do without losing crucial muscle.  I could have easily taken 10 pounds off but that would not have done me any good.  I will be taking off at least one more pound before Sunday so I will have to deal with where I am at.  This will put me about 5 pounds more than my last race which means it will take quite a bit more energy to get up to and maintain 21-23mph on the bike which is what I want to average this time around.

Will I have any legs left for the run??

I spent the night packing and getting ready to head up to Port St. Lucie tomorrow.  I need to pick up my race packet and drive through the course… The only thing I have left to do is get in a 20 minute short bike ride to keep my legs loose but not wear them out.  It will be a very light workout.

I am starting to get in the zone……  Given the fact I have  a couple of races under my (race) belt I do not have those nervous jitters… I am much more confident and feel like I am well prepared and know what I am doing.  This will allow me to convert pre-race jitters / butterflies into positive energy.

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Filed in: Sprint Training, Swimming, Triathlon • Friday, October 8th, 2010

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