Today marked my first time back in the pool since July (!). Other than one or two masters swims sessions the only swimming I did after the middle of July was open water. We are blessed with a few options for open water swimming where I live and I so prefer it to swimming in the pool. I know that I need to find a balance since the pool offers better options for drills that will help me with my stroke. And believe me, I need help with my stroke!
Paul and I were at the pool and ready to go by 6:45. I brought a workout with me that I printed off of swimplan.com. I discovered that website last year. You can sign up for a free account, let them know what your goals are, the length of workout you want, and the tools you have (pull buoy, kickboard, etc) and it designs a plan for you. As you progress you can update with time trials and other information and it will update the plans.
Today's workout plan was for 1000m and included drills like one arms and catch ups. I felt really heavy and slow for the first 300m. Between that and having to stop every 50m to adjust leaking goggles (grrrr) I was worried that I wouldn't get through 1000m. Things started to loosen up though and although the goggles haunted me the whole time I finished the workout. I was finished by 7:25 and other than some soreness in my lower back (note to self -strengthen my core this off season) I felt pretty good.
I know I have alot of work to do in the pool this winter. Of the three sports I'm least confident in my swim and I'm sooo slow! I'm committed to it though. I put a swimp3 player on my Christmas list this year to help me get through the workouts. I enjoy how the pool workouts make me feel but I have to be honest that the repetetiveness of it gets to me sometimes. Maybe some music will help me through it?
The ride I had planned with my friend Nicole for after work was foiled because of high winds. We were under a tornado watch this afternoon and had off and on rain. We opted instead to do the "cardio ripper" workout from P90x. Stay tuned for a post about that craziness.
Syd's out for our usual run tomorrow mornning because she's sick so I'm planning to go with Paul. I hope it's better than Monday's run. Ugh. One week after the half marathon and I feel like I've lost all running fitness. At one point on Monday I looked at my watch and couldn't believe we were only running 6:30/km. How did I average 5:50/km over a half marathon distance while feeling awesome the whole time? What happened to my legs over this last week? Running with Paul will kick my butt tomorrow since he slows for noone. Maybe that's what I need to get back to where I was.