I’m about a week into training and I’m feeling much stronger than I was at this time last year. Here is my training plan for the week:
Monday: 30 min run + 2,200 yard swim
Tuesday: Strength training
Wednesday: AM track workout + PM 60 min bike ride
Thursday: Strength training + Core training + 2,100 yd swim
Friday: 30 min run
Saturday: Core training + 1 hr bike ride
Sunday: 45 min run + Bodypump class
I got in the pool this evening for the first time in 4 months! Wowza, it took my arms a solid 700 yards before they stretched out and relaxed. I have come a long way in my swimming.
I was never on a swim team as a kid. As a sophomore in college I had a broken foot and wasn’t able to exercise. However, the orthopedic surgeon told me I could swim. So I decided to try out the pool. Turns out my friend Tony who was in the concert band (yes, I’m a band geek) with me swam too. Tony was joined by Patrick and Emily (also band members) and within no time we became this band playing/lap swimming group. It was a blast!
Once I graduated from college I decided to sign up for a triathlon. Even though I was a decent swimmer, I pretty much doggie paddled and side stroked the entire 1/3 mile swim. There truly is nothing that can prepare you for your first triathlon swim experience. But, I was determined to get better!
Fast forward a few years and I’m finally at the point where I’m confident and comfortable during the swim portion of the race. Fastest swim so far was a 27:59 (1.5K) at the 2013 Brewhouse triathlon at their new venue on Island Lake. Great lake, loved it.
I definitely excel better in the lake versus the pool. I can’t flip turn. I’ve tried. I may need to try it with a nose plug as I struggle at exhaling throughout the flip without getting water up my nose. Someday I will master the flip turn, but it’s currently not at the top of my priority list.
My greatest fear during the 2.4 mile swim of Ironman Wisconsin will be the traffic. I’ve heard horror stories of people getting kicked so hard they got a concussion, but I’ve also read a TrainingPeaks article saying that Lake Monona is large enough to fit all athletes to not be too concerned about crowding. Not sure what to think, but hopefully I’ll be able to conquer the swim.
T-244 days until Ironman Wisconsin