I am slowly remembering that I might be a triathlete. It’s not easy – the thought of incorporating two more sports into my routine is, I have to admit, quite daunting. Plus I seem to have lost some of the desire to do anything but run, yoga and strength. I know that it’s because I’m just out of the habit and fingers crossed it comes back…
At the moment my standard evening conversation with James goes a bit like this:
Him: what time are you getting up tomorrow?
Me: I’m going swimming, so 7
Him: ha okay so your alarm will go off every ten minutes between 7 and 8.30, when you’ll jump out of bed panicking about being late for work?
Me: *sheepish face*
Every morning – the same thing happens. Until yesterday when I’m pleased to announce I actually got up and made it to the pool (James woke up in shock when I wasn’t in bed).
So what did I do as my first swim in weeks? I thought it might be useful to set out my session as I know it can be hard to think of things to do in the pool and I am always on the look for more ideas myself!
Warm-up: 100m front crawl, 20m (1 length) breast stroke – x 2
80m kick – one length hard, one length easy, repeat.
Main set: the official set is descending 50s, but as my pool is 20m long, I went for descending 40s. I started on a turnaround time of 1.30 (far too generous!) and then gradually reduced the turnaround by 5 seconds, doing two sets at each turnaround time. That sounds complicated and it really wasn’t so I’ll try to set it out slightly easier:
2 x 50m on 1.30
2 x 50m on 1.25
2 x 50m on 1.20
Etc etc. My 40s were about 42/43 seconds and I started finding it difficult after the turnaround time dropped below one minute. I finished up with one on 45 seconds and thought I might actually die in the pool, I was breathing so hard! A long way to go 🙂
Cool down: 80 slow metres, one length breaststroke, one front crawl, one breaststroke, one back stroke.
And done! This morning (the next day) I felt exhausted, strangely so, so I didn’t get up for my run, knowing I could do it at lunch time instead. I think I am definately still recovering from the marathon so I don’t want to jump back into training too hard, too quickly, and make myself ill.
But you know something? I actually enjoyed my swim. I need to start doing that more often! 🙂