Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Triathlon Training Day 3: Swimming 500 Meters and Core Synergistics

I got home from swimming and I am whipped out! Man, it just killed me. My shoulders and legs just feel beat down. I am going to have to adjust my schedule because their is no way I can do Core Synergistics today also! Maybe on my Swim days I can do ARX?

The good news is that the reason I am so tired from my swim is that I did pretty good in the pool today. My freestyle stroke is getting much more consistent and my breathing is taking less effort. I have discovered that I am very comfortable turning my head up to the left hand side to breathe. Which is a little odd since I am right-handed, but oh well, whatever works right? By the time I hit my 20th lap today I was very winded! My heart felt like it was going to beat right out of my chest!! I still wasn't able to freestyle the entire distance. I did like a freestyle crawl type thing every 5th or 6th lap. On Friday, hopefully it will be every 7th or 8th lap and so on and so forth everytime I go swimming.

The thing that is cool to me right now is that for the first time since I started swimming I actually believe that I am going to do the swim portion of the triathlon and be okay. The first time I hit the pool I believed this to be impossible, but I keep improving each time out and am becoming more confident.

I was thinking about possibly doing a cycle-run brick (13.8M Cycle + 5K run) on Saturday just to see how I handle it. The NFL Draft, which is like Christmas morning to me, is now starting at 4pm EST instead of Noon this year so I could do this in the morning. We will see how my body is feeling before I make the decision but as of today I think I might want to try it!

Tomorrow is a scheduled off day for me. Part of me really doesn't want to take off and I might try and do the Core Synergistics I missed today. But another part of me is saying that I need the rest and should take it. Might play this one by feel also!

Thanks for Reading,



  1. Great job on the swim! This is one discipline that is all about technique.

    I have been dying to get another cycle-run brick in. My son's b-day is this Saturday so I am not going to be able to do it and I will miss most of the draft. The good news is I will be having fun with my son.

    Last week, I was trashed while doing core syn so I can relate to your post.

    The rest might be good for you. I have to admit that all this tri-training is tough on one's body.

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  2. Boomer - i'm actually enjoying the swimming now ... which is cool because I thought it would take a lot longer than it did for me to appreciate this.