After being back in the pool for a couple of weeks and just getting the feel of the water etc etc, this morning was the first 5:45AM wake-up call of the season! Those are never easy....
Fortunately I now have a bit more motivation to get to the pool early as I have joined other Sportfit swimmers, Charlie and Cara, and hope to regularly swim with them three mornings a week. Charlie, by the way, is the former University of Maryland varsity swim coach and also runs the Swim Pro store in Glenndale. (Coincidentally that is the shop that I buy my goggles from!...small world). Cara is a semi-pro triathlete stepping up from the Olympic distance to 70.3M this season.
This morning I joined in with their scheduled session and did 3 x 1500yds working on aerobic and pacing. 4500 yards is the longest I have swum for a long time and no doubt when I head to the gym this evening for a weight workout and speed treadmill session the arms and shoulders will feel sore!
Swimming with others will only serve to help me though and that is a major area where I can improve this season. It will also give some extra motivation not to turn the alarm off and go back to sleep :-)
- Still reflecting on @gravel_worlds from this past weekend. 150miles of primo gravel in Lincoln NE with 10,000ft of climbing. It was hard but I went for it and utimately paid the price in the last hour when I cracked, really cracked. Crawled to the finish just over 9hrs after starting.....but yes it was fun! . . . . . #gravelworlds #gravelride #IFB #parvillacycles #cycling #vandessel #lincoln
- Perfect day out on the trails yesterday on the @alchemybicycles at #schaefferfarms . . . . . . #IFB #parvillacycles #MTB #xterratriathlon #mtbracing #marathonmtb
- Kind of a rough day at 6hrs at Woodstock. First 3.5 hrs were fine (even with a 10min stop for horses on the trail) and then stomach shut down. Probably related to stomach bug earlier in the week. Decided not to head out for another lap. Great trails though and a good race from Joe's Bike Shop as always. 📸: @dchammerette . . . . #6HAW #parvillacycles #mtbracing #mtbmarathon #IFB #patapsco #mtb
- First race week of #2020....@ripitevents Little Patuxent River Run Trail Half Marathon on Sunday. Let's see how the early season training has progessed! . . #ripitevents #salmingrunning #trailrunning #IFB #halfmarathon