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Maybe Swimming Ain’t So Bad

I made my second trip to the pool this morning, and it’s possible I won’t hate swimming after all. Maybe because I know that I’ll  be doing a lot of it if I can’t run. Maybe because this is a good chance to improve the tri leg I spend the least time worrying about. And maybe because it’s actually a great workout.

No matter the reason, I’m coming to terms with the fact that Wilson and I will be best friends — and probably see each other daily — for awhile. Between swim workouts and pool running, there will be plenty of quality chlorine time.

One of the keys to this is a structured workout. I no doubt would put in a harder effort if I was swimming with a group and/or coach, so I have to have some sort of plan to keep myself on track. This morning:

1000m warmup: 400m swim/300m pull/200m kick/100m drill

2x150m 25 drill/50 swim

4×50 build

Main set: 5×100 all out on 4min


Total: 2100m

The purpose of the main set is to boost lactate threshold by going all-out. The rest seems excessive, but trust me, your arms and legs are burning by the end of each 100m. Triathlete Mag recommends doing this every three weeks. It’s tough, but I think I’ll be able to do it as part of a longer workout after one or two more tries.

I also have a pool running plan — because unfortunately no place in DC offers access to the awesome yet expensive Alter-G treadmill, which allows you to run at only a small percentage of your body weight. The free and easy aquatic option will have to do for now. This begins in the next few days.



3 thoughts on “Maybe Swimming Ain’t So Bad

  1. YES! Pool running rocks! BTW, Wilson looks really nice from your previous post/pic! 🙂

    Posted by Dash | February 18, 2011, 1:33 PM
  2. Nice workout! Do you have triathlon specific swim workouts, or are you just winging it? I’m winging it for now, but think I might need some plans that will make me a better open water swimmer. You can’t flipturn in a river….

    Posted by Beth | February 18, 2011, 3:41 PM
  3. There’s a whole crew of us (some injured, some not) who pool run all the time. Join us if you can/want!

    Posted by amy | February 18, 2011, 8:49 PM

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