Sunday, 16 August 2009
Between the Race and a Hard Place
after London i felt quite lackluster from training. all that effort, and still 2 sprints until the end of season... training seemed never ending, and i couldn't feel motivated. this was coupled by an injury which re-occurred on each run. all over, was just feeling a bit lost.
it reached a head when i got into the pool to time myself over 200 metres. at the start of the year, i was hitting my usual 3 minutes 53 secs.
when i pressed stop on that stopwatch, i was expecting to see a good margin less than that. after all, i've spent the last six months clocking up km after km in the pool.
but i pressed stop, and when i looked at the time, i'll admit - i almost attempted a stopwatch drowning fatality (not possible on a waterproof stopwatch, but i was desperate)
3 minutes 56 secs!!
all the training, all the laps, all the kms, all the sessions, nothing! no change in speed!
and after i spent the evening wallowing in self pity, it made me realise that i've never actually tried to go faster at swimming. so what did i expect? sure i clocked up a hefty distance over this year, but i was just aiming for endurance. did i think speed would automatically improve? that endurance would be leaping ahead and speed would sneak in on the side? like, no, allison.
when running, i've learnt that running miles + miles at the same comfortable pace will not make you a faster runner -- yet i've never transformed this over to swimming. sounds simple, so simple i had to stop wallowing and get over myself.
fortunately this week, i managed to do just that, and as a result things have picked up. i've got two new programs to introduce into the training mix, which are individual weights programs aimed specifically at either bike or swim. having a new focus, makes the world of difference, and has given me a little boost to continue training for those sprints.
so, what did i get up to this week?
monday> 20 minute run
tuesday> 20 minute swim
weds > 45 minute weights routine (swim specific), 20 minute run, 20 minute swim
thurs > 20 minute run
friday > 55 minute cycle, 35 minute weights routine (swim specific)
sat > 20 minute weights routine (bike specific), 20 minute swim (speed/strength drills)
sun > rest!
there's six weeks until the first of the two sprints; Hever Triathlon (400m open water, 20k cycle, 4k run) and then the following weekend it's Warwickshire (200m pool swim, 23k cycle, 2.5k run)
i'm hoping to use Hever as experience, because it's Warwickshire i'd really like to do well in. finally, London is behind me, and it's time to focus on the sprints!
(before the HIM :) )