Today was a swim divided up into three sections with short breaks in between. I was able to kick a bit more without my foot hurting (yay!) The inability to turn properly is still frustrating (I find if I don’t slow way down on the turn muscle memory takes over and I push off with both feet which, when it happened, was excruciating.) I’m also getting over a cold (though let’s not tell Coach Steve, I promised him I wouldn’t catch Julianne’s cold!) so I had to take some breaks to cough while doing my rescue stroke. Also, apparently it’s time for new goggles because the left one kept filling with water but I didn’t want to lose time so I just swam with them that way and emptied them during the short breaks.
Overall it was a solid swim and, like with my last trainer ride, I felt like I was actually training again. I swam steady speed across all three sections, and it went by really fast. All told did 1.27 miles in an hour. That’s certainly not as fast as I was covering that distance before, nor is it how fast I want to cover it for the IM (although it would be good enough – if my math -and online pace calculator- are right, this pace would see me finish the swim in about an hour and 53 minutes which would leave 27 extra minutes – some of which will be taken up by the ridiculousness of a triathlon swim as well as errors in sighting that would cause me to swim a more than the prescribed distance.) But my goal isn’t just to do the swim in under the time limit, it’s to do the swim as fast as possible so that I can buy myself extra time for the run.
In really good news, I finished feeling like I could have gone on swimming forever, so I’m feeling great about today. Oh, and I keep forgetting to include my crunches but I’m still at 500 a day, still working on 500 in a row.
Current Mood (particularly the line starting at 1:03 – includes lyric NSFW unless your W is super cool.)
Today’s Workout Selfie: