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:
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.
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.