Training October 20th, 2016

Swimming pool workout, 4.6km (1h 11″)

(warm up) 1000 fs; 12×200 fs @3′ (in 2’37”), 100 easy; 10×100 fs paddles @1’30” (in 1’16”), 100 easy

Notes: I felt even less smooth than yesterday. I felt shoulders heavy through all the workout, and I had the feeling that hips were sinking. I hoped to do a few seconds less on the 200 fs series but I couldn’t. This morning I did power cleans and front squat as weight training. My plan is to keep on with increasing intensity with weight training until early next week, then doing some easy swimming specific lifting before the meet next week Saturday. I believe that a strong muscle has always endurance.

Here is the HBF Stadium complex, where I train. Actually I workout in the outdoor pool.

Training October 19th, 2016

Swimming pool workout, 5.3km (1h 20′)

(warm up) 1000 fs; (negative split workout) 2×400 fs @6′ + 4×200 fs @3’+ 8×100 fs  @1’30”, 100 easy; 1700 fs paddles and pull buoy, 100 easy.

Notes: During the warm up and first part of negative split work out I didn’t feel quite smooth, then it was better.

Training October 17th, 2016

Swimming pool workout, 4.8km (1h 13′)

1000 fs, 20 x 100 fs @1’30” (in 1’15”) + 100 easy, 1600 fs paddle and pull buoy + 100 easy

Notes: I felt the shoulders quite heavy at the beginning, and I wasn’t smooth during today session. Maybe this was due to my weight training this morning.

Reality Check

20161016_170654A few months ago I started swimming again. After 12 years, I never thought I would have gone back to the swimming pool. And I never thought I would have put myself into open waters.

This blog was born out of a reality check. Back in the swimming pool regularly, after three months I felt better than I expected. I felt the wish to participate again in swimming competitions, and I signed up for a master swimming membership, thou I am still training alone.

Here downunder it’s almost summer and since the season of open water swimming is starting, I signed up for an ocean swimming meeting. Just a 2.5km at Cottesloe beach, nothing exceptional. I thought “easy”. But this morning I realized that I overestimated myself, or  maybe underestimated the Indian Ocean, more likely both. I had a reality check. I knew that swimming in an ocean is not swimming in a swimming pool, but I didn’t know that the difference is that huge.

My swimming this morning lasted half of what I had planned. Waves were stronger than I had imagined, and a 18C degree  water was much colder that the heated swimming pool I am used to.

Then, the reality check. I had to came out of the water after 2km. I was freezing. I shaked for at least 40 minutes (no hot showers near the beach, of course). A cup of hot coffee did pretty nothing, just it showed me that I was shaking so much that when I ordered it I could not even articulate sounds properly. I don’t think I ever felt such cold in my life.

My first competition is in two weeks (October 29th). My goal before this morning was to swim those 2.5km in less that 40 minutes. Now my goal is just to swim those 2.5km.  I think it’s going to be lots of fun.