Thursday, April 22, 2010

Surprise! Training makes you stronger! - Part 2

Reminder from Missy: Just two more days in the Missy's biceps Livestrong fundraiser.  Only two people have left a comment for me saying that they've donated.  That's 2 out of 40.  We need 38 more people by the end of the day tomorrow!

Yesterday I wrote about how happy I was with my progress in running since I started training for the AA Tri.  Today, I want to say how happy I am with my swimming progress, too.

Yesterday, my swim workout included 600 yards at my goal race pace.  That's the longest distance I've had to swim since I started using bilateral breathing (breathing on both sides).  I find the breathing technique really hard, but it seems like I am actually getting stronger at it.   A couple weeks ago, I couldn't swim 100 yards without having to stop to catch my breath.  Yesterday, I tried really hard to slow down my pace to something that I could maintain for 600 yards, and I did it!  I swam the whole distance without stopping.

I'm also happy because I did the 600 in 13:17.  That multiplies out to 19:29 for 880 yards (a half mile - the race distance).  That is right in the range of my goal time of 20 minutes.

So, it seems that swimming and running are going well.  Next, I'll have to assess my biking pace and see how that's doing.  My goal bike time is based on a time trial I did last summer.  The thing is, I did that 12 mile time trial after riding two centuries.  So 12 miles felt like nothing at the time.  It feels more like something now.  So, hitting my goal bike time might be really hard!  I'll keep working, and I guess we'll see!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Intensity swim - 1400 yards total
100 warm up, 12x50 sprints, 600 at goal race pace, 100 cool down
Did the 600 in 13:17, which multiplies out to 19:29 for 880 yards.

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