Great end to the week

Feb 19: Day 7

Planned workout(s): Swim, 500 yd Z1, 5 x (100 yd Z3/15″ rest) 500 yd Z1 / Run, 5 minutes in Z1, 35 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1

Weight: 175 (Whatever scale.  Whatever.)


So we’re just gonna ignore the scale part today.  Had a great nutritional day yesterday.  All I can do.

After feeling a little down yesterday I felt much better heading into today’s 2 workouts.  The run went smooth and I felt great.  50 degrees and it looked like rain, but it never came.  Felt like I could run forever.

My swim leg was awesome too.  It’s interesting, but the swim is probably my wost event overall, but the one I fear the least.  I’m definitely a plodder in the water.  More a mule than a racehorse.  I never come in close to the leaders in Olympic swims, instead using my bike leg to reel in the guys who are good swimmers.  That being said though, I can swim forever.  I have a long, slow, strong stroke and I never really feel tired in the water.  Even with some of my longer events, like the Legend 100M race, I got out of the water after 2 miles feeling fantastic.  I’ve tried to get faster for years in Olympic events with some success, but I’ll never be as fast as the top guys.  However, since I don’t really care about speed for this IM, that’s actually quite perfect.

I know I can come out of the water after 2.4 miles feeling strong and ready for the rest.  That’s a huge mental advantage.

However, I find swims boring and in February in KS it’s impractical to swim anywhere but the pool.  So lap swimming is even more boring.  That’s where I can’t recommend these little jewels enough:

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How I survive long swims

This is a waterproofed iPod Mini with underwater in-ear headphones.  Not great for outdoor swims, but in the pool where I don’t need to worry about boats and such?  It’s AWESOME to have access to music.  If you are looking for a way to pass the time in the pool, it’s a great investment.

Also had another funny thing happen while I am was at the pool today.  It’s pretty common, to tell the truth.  So I got to my cooldown where I am intentionally in Z1.  A big guy gets into the next lane, and waits against the wall for me to get next to him.  He takes off like a bat out of hell for 25 meters and beats me to the next wall.  Then he waits while I swim the length of the pool and back to the wall he’s at, and does it again.  4 times.  Then when I get out, he does too.

Dude.  Seriously.

Yay.  You swam 100 meters total, 25 at a time.  You beat me to the wall every time while I was on my last 500m and on a cooldown.  #golfclap.  Have a cookie.

Just….don’t be that guy.