I feel like my body is finally starting to get back into the swing of training. I’m recovering faster, and I don’t quite feel like a walking zombie throughout the day.
The weather is definitely a challenge. Instead of completing a nice hour-long outdoor run yesterday, I had to duke it out on the “dread”mill. A great practice of mind over matter as it got pretty boring after 40 minutes. I’ll admit that all this training is helpful in keeping myself from hybernating on the couch or in bed all evening long. I can’t remember a time where I was more excited for spring. But at this point, I would be happy with 30 degree F above zero.
Here is the training plans for this week:
Monday: 1,900 yd swim
Tuesday: Strength training + core workout + 30 min run
Wednesday: AM Track workout + PM 2,000 yd swim
Thursday: Strength training + 30 min run
Friday: 90 min bike + core workout
Saturday: 1,900 yd swim + 60 min run
Sunday: 90 min bike + Bodypump
While I consider myself a good swimmer, I’m always wanting to improve, and I feel the only way I’m going to be able to do that is by having my swim stroke recorded. Being able to view yourself swimming will give you a unique perspective of what you’re actually doing in the water.
Luckily, my boyfriend has a GoPro, a water-proof versatile little camera that can be used in the pool for underwater filming. After a trip to the store to purchase the accessory that allows the camera to be secured to a pole (or in our case, a broom stick) we were ready to head to the pool.
The front shot was fairly easy and we were able to get that on the first take. However, the side shot was another story. The BF was a great sport in traveling up and down the edge of the pool dragging a red broom handle attached to a tiny camera through the water. I’m sure the lifeguards were entertained by us.
After the first two attempts failed at getting a good side view, we realized that filming a moving object when you can’t actually see what you’re filming is a lot harder than it seems. So the following Saturday, we traveled back to the pool again for another attempt. This time we came prepared with the laptop to check the footage between recordings. Within 10 minutes we got the side view, yippee!
I’ve now watched the recordings at least a dozen times, pausing here and there to see what my body position looks like at different stages of the stroke. I’ve even been on YouTube viewing different pro triathlete swimmer’s videos to compare. While I’m not terribly far off in swim form (I’ve got a very good kick), I’m fairly certain I need to speed up my stroke rate a bit. I’ve got a tendency to pause slightly at the front of my stroke technique when my hand and arm are in full extension. By removing this dead spot in my stroke and working on keeping my elbow up during the “catch” or “grab”, I am curious to see if my pace will improve.
T-223 days until Ironman Wisconsin