March 15th marks the Ides of March, or simply put – the mid point of the month. Julius Caesar was infamously killed on this date and even warned of it with the line Shakespeare penned “beware of the Ides of March”. Well, there is no warning today, however it is a good time to review my goals for the month. I like to asses my progress and make modifications as necessary. When it comes to my training, I have two goals for March. The first I have achieved – set a personal best time for my 5 mile race time. The second I am on track to complete, that is to be flip turning throughout my swim workouts. In fact this morning I did just that – I swam a total of 2,200 meters including a main set of 12 x 100 repeats. All I flipped on at both ends of the pool. I even broke 2:00 with my fastest at 1:58.
Now that I am only half way through the month and basically have reached my month goals, I think it is time to kick it up a notch. First my running – I want to improve my speed. My focus through April is first on my swimming, but I think I have room to step up a bit on my running. I am going to add tempo runs to maintain a consistent up tempo pace for longer runs. I have a 10 mile race in April and a half marathon in May, I’d like to stay close to my PR pace for my half marathon pace I set in February. So Wednesdays will be tempo run evenings, I just have to stay away from the hills….
Second – my swim. While I am swimming with flip turns it is taking a lot out of me as far as my breathing goes. When I do my April time trials for the 100 and 1,500 I want to improve on my time and flip. So I will add more intervals of swimming 100’s and 200’s while flipping and swimming at a quicker pace. My lungs will have to catch up. I also am getting more comfortable flipping close enough to the wall that I am able to push hard off of it and glide a bit. Since I do the time trials the first two days of the month, making this a March part two goal is a good one.
Every once in a while it is helpful to stop and assess my progress. What am I doing right? Where can I improve? If we do not take time to look at our progress, read the signs, or if you will – heed the warnings – we may be caught off guard as Caesar was. And being replaced by someone named Brutus is just wrong.