All this nasty cold weather is not only depressing it’s messing with my training and motivation. Heck who wants to get out of bet let along workout when it’s -30C without even a windchill. So Monday, I didn’t do my bike workout. My bad. Heck I really didn’t feel like swimming on Tuesday but I did. It wasn’t a great swim. It wasn’t the workout my planned called for but 1000m of drills was better then nothing at all.
Wednesday I had a board meeting for Calgary Roadrunners to attend so I missed my spin class. I was going to run there but it was still too damn cold. I thought about running laps at the Y but I really didn’t have time to get there change, run, change and again and still make it to the meeting on time. So my only workout on Wednesday was a 1km walk and nearly freezing my butt off.
By Thursday it still hadn’t warmed up and well I once again blew off going for my run. Instead I did a little retail therapy and bought myself some new jeans, pants and a couple of sweaters.
After work I headed for my swim. Last week I had missed doing my 500m sprint workout so I decided to do it instead of the 1500m my plan called for. It was still a 1300m workout and not an easy one but I was curious how I was doing. Well below is the email I sent to my coach after I got home from “my most amazing swim”. If there is such a thing as a “swimmer’s high”, I left the Y on one!
Okay so I’ve been feeling unmotivated and this cold weather sucks. My bug last week didn’t help either. I’ve missed runs, swims and even bike rides but today I feel like a new woman after my swim tonight. I just have to tell you about it!
So I really wanted to do the 500m timed sprint that I was supposed to do last week. Not having done any swimming for a week or so on Tuesday I did 1000m of drills and it felt good. Tonight was to be the 1500m of “golf” swimming but instead I opted to do the swim planned for last week.
I started out with the warm up of 200m swim, 200m kick, 200m swim easy. Then a bit nervously I started my 500m timed sprint section. So that I would have an exact time I restarted my Garmin if you go online to today’s workouts it the set with a time of 17:10. I followed it with 200m of really really easy cool down. I was wiped after pushing hard for 500m but felt amazing – a swimmer’s high.
1. – 50m 1:40 2. – 50m 1:45
3. – 50m 1:39 4. – 50m 1:42
5. – 50m 1:45 6. – 50m 1:44
7. – 50m 1:46 8. – 50m 1:38
9. – 50m 1:45 10.- 50m 1:38
Total 500m in 17:10
I was aiming for under 18 and well if it weren’t for a couple of slip ups or near collides with the guy I was sharing the lane with I might of been under 17. No biggy when doing a tri you aren’t swimming alone so part of training is dealing with “obstacles” Now I just need to work on being able to maintain or better that pace for next 1000m and then finally 1500m.
My time last year for the Chinook Oly was 1:04:?? for the 1500m if I could get it down to around 50 that’s a big improvement. Hopefully this feel good feeling from tonight’s swim carries forward and gets me out of my slump.
Richelle was as happy as I was with my swim results. And yes it did motivate me. I had a great workout today (Saturday) but I’ll tell you about that in another post.