Saturday, December 19, 2009

Week One, Day Six: Rest Day 30min Swim + 30min Trainer

Today was supposed to be my rest day according to my Training Program. I was unable to find time to get my scheduled swim in yesterday so I decided to do it today instead. I went to the pool a little after 5pm and got a solid 30 minutes in the pool. I worked on the drills from "The Essential Triathlon Swimming DVD" again for about 60-70% of the time. I ended up doing about 1500 meters in the RPE 2-3 zone. Nice and easy, working on form.

The pool was absolutely freezing again. I have no idea what the temperature is in the pool but something is wrong. Two other guys were swimming and they said the same thing. I guarantee the pool temperature is cool enough to be Wetsuit Legal! I couldn't find the manager so I talked to the front desk and they said they will look into it ... whatever that means? Monday is my next pool training day and I am not looking forward to going back -- might have to go back to my old gym that has crappy pool hours and availability.

Anyways, after my swim I came home and Annie is at work so I settled in to watch football - Dallas @ New Orleans. Right now it is 24-17 Dallas and it is looking like the undefeated season for the Saints is about to come to an end. The only thing the Saints have going for them right now is that Tony Romo is the opposing QB and 4th Quarter choke jobs are his specialty and The Boys kicker has been awful this year and in games like this that could help the Saints!

But I started watching the game and my bike starting calling to me. So, I tossed on my padded shorts and decided to get 30 easy minutes in on the fluid trainer. A good football game make the ride go by in no time! I rode for 10 minutes in the small ring and then did 5 minutes in the large ring and then repeated. Good workout. Good day of training. My plan is to stay on the trainer for the next two months. Usually in late February we get some nice days and the plan will be to take the bike out on the open road and see how much better the trainer has made me.

I DVR'd the Ironman World Championship from Kona on NBC today and I plan on watching it during tomorrow's hour and a half trainer ride. If that ain't motivation then I don't know what is?

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  1. A cold pool is something I never have to worry about here in Hawaii! However, I used to surf in cold water in different parts of the world so I can sympathize with you.

    Btw, that was some game! I am not a big Dallas fan so I was bummed out!

  2. "We'll look into it..." = "I can't remember what you just said, but as soon as you go away, I'm going back to texting my girlfriends Mom".

    That pool water must be coming right from the ground at 68-degrees and isn't getting heated, or their heater is set too low...or their thermostat is broken and they haven't figured it out yet.

    It's cool that you can drag out the trainer and get in some saddle time when, during "normal" times, it wasn't possible.

  3. Boomer and Steve - I am thinking of buying a wetsuit anyways so I guess I can just take it to the pool!

    Steve, the girl was actually texting when I walked up to the desk - nice call!!

    And I am really enjoying having the trainer. Over the last 7 days I have used it 5 times. The best part is I don't have to worry about getting run over by a mini van on my trainer!