Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Slow Intensity

1 x 200- Warm-up
3 x 300
10 x 100
2 x 50- Sideline kick
2 x 100- 1, 2, 3, Swim
1 x 500
1 x 100
total- 3000yds

trainer session
1 hr

I think I missed nearly every time standard I set for myself during yesterday's swim. Might have made three of them. It just wasn't happening. I fought through and modified to give myself ten seconds rest after each effort. I really wanted to pump, but there was nothing to pump. It turned into a stack yardage swim, which I also need. The muscles don't fail by the end of the workout, the technique isn't falling apart too much, but it isn't fast. It's barely a cousin of fast. My biggest concern at the moment, something I noticed during the Lanikai swim, is a lack of core strength. It seems that whenever I take some time off or relax the swimming my core goes first. A swimmer needs a strong core because that helps keep the body straight and stable in the water. I can feel my middle sinking towards the pool bottom. That's not good. It'll come back with consistency.
As for the bike, Monday has become Trainer Day. It's a good way to grab some intensity in a controlled environment and do a more organized workout. Normally. Yesterday, just like my swim, I was having a hard time getting rolling with force. I was on the bike. I was pedaling. I was sweating. My heartrate was up. But there wasn't any Oomf! behind it. I was doing ten hard, five easy, repeat, and while there was a definite difference between the two is wasn't as marked as last Monday. I'm going to go ahead and say some of the lack of power is due to Sunday's ten mile run. Gotta figure that took something out of my legs. Wouldn't you think?
My entertainment for the duration was a 30 for 30 ESPN documentary called "The Birth of Big Air." It's about BMX rider Matt "The Condor" Hoffman and his quest to ride his bike up a giant ramp and then crash to earth like a stone. Basically, if you've ever watched the X-Games, this is the story who did the Mega Ramp, but he built it in his backyard and only rode it because he wanted to see if he could. Not for sponsors, television, or fame. I bought the special edition set of 30 for 30 and it is completely worth it. There are some very cool stories. Thus endeth the commercial.

1 comment:

  1. Nice volume on your swim. I will have something to say about swimming after tomorrow evening.

    As for the long run. If this is your longest training run yet, then I am sure it affected your swim and bike. Once you do those double digit weekend long runs consistently, it won't affect you as much.

    I haven't been doing double digit long runs since the hapalua so I am will have to go through the same doldrum.