Thursday, July 23, 2009

Need a little Oooomphhhh

Usually when people post anonymously, I know who they are. Last week, someone posted. I thought I knew who it was, but I think I was wrong. Why am I telling you this? Because I did the workout that was mentioned. Clearly it was written by someone who knew what they were talking about.

With that said, Thank you mystery coach.


This week is a "rest" week. By definition, this means that I am doing one workout per day and taking off Friday completely.

It also means that it's testing week.

After having several days off from swimming, I opted to do a muscle memory swim yesterday: no more than 12 minutes and enough to remind myself that "Yes, I really do know what I'm doing here."

Today, was my test. I did not have the confidence that I did during the last test (4 weeks ago). Have I felt stronger? Yes. But....but....but....what? I don't know. When I was standing at the edge of the pool, i didn't quite feel right....not sick....

hmmm, I wasn't nervous.....

I just lacked confidence. I stood there, and I thought to myself, "I need a little ooomph today."

My last swim test was so good and took me so much by surprise, I didn't think I could replicate it. Let alone, try to beat my previous times.

My time trial is 3 x 300's keeping all 300's within seconds of each other and a short break (15 sec) between each 300.

I started my first set. I felt good, but I kept thinking "Don't worry about time just do the best you can."

As I started my second lap, a woman jumped in next to me. She seemed pretty fast. I thought "Hmmm, she's fast, but I need to focus on my pacing."

Shortly thereafter, I realized I was catching up and then passing her. I think she mentally got defeated because her speed dropped quickly when I was a half a body length in front of her.

I felt good, but I kept thinking "Don't worry if you can't hit your times from last time....just keep going."

At the end of 300, I hit my watch.

:20 per 300 faster than last time.


Next set, final set....same thing. My times were :01 second off the 2nd set and dead on for the 3rd set.

It was one of those days where I had to sit for a minute and think back to when I first started. Back to when I couldn't even finish 800m and 300m would take me over 9 minutes. In my very first tri, I clocked a 25:15, 750m swim.

Now, I'm closing in on a 30 minute half iron swim, and I didn't think I'd be able to beat my previous half iron time.

And, all I really wanted to accomplish was getting off the bike and not feeling like death warmed over.