Forward Motion

One month ago today on July 8th I went to the pool to try out the Total Immersion method of swimming. Along the way I have seen improvement in my 100 meter pace, but the furthest I swam continuously was 550 meters in training – until this morning. My training partner and I scheduled today as our 1,500 meter time trial. Last month I was not happy with how I did – I averaged 2:09 per 100. I set my tempo trainer at 1:15 seconds and after a 900 meter warm up, I headed out for my time trial. One of the best investments I have made in my triathlon training has been my Garmin Forerunner 910XT – because it saved my from depression this morning. My goal was to swim it under 32 minutes, preferable closer to 31. I know while I was swimming I double counted a lap and thought I corrected it, in fact I thought I might be short of the 1,500 meters when I finished. Then I pressed the lap button after I took the last stroke and saw 32:44 – No. Way. Then I looked at distance – 1,550 meters. I swam too far. This watch is so detailed – I looked at the activity data and it actually records each length and time. Yep, 62 lengths, not 60. I subtracted the time for the last two lengths and came up with 31:43 for 2:06 per 100 meters. Much better. I know I have the stroke down for the Total Immersion method, it is the two beat kick that I have to work on. From the research I have done, the two beat kick dramatically improves pace. So there is still progress to make, but I am happy with the progress I made in a month.

I spent a good amount of today on the road for work – as a result I was exhausted by the time I got home. Being in the car in the sunshine after a hard workout makes me sleepy. I am learning that moving around more is actually more energizing. Before I could consider a bike ride I had to take a nap. Listening to my body is something I am getting better at and a little nap was the cure to my exhaustion.  In my hilly neighborhood there is no thing as an easy ride, but I keep reminding myself it is making me stronger. I was energized from my nap and tried out a slightly different route today. In all I road just over 23 miles in just under 16 miles per hour. Where I see the improvement is in my climbs, I am most often able to stay above 10 miles per hour and I recover quicker than I used to. That said, I am looking forward to riding my long ride this weekend in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park where it is much flatter…

Getting stronger – it is a process. My encouragement is seen in the improvement I am making. Some days I see big improvement and some days I see little improvements. Regardless, it is forward motion. Propelled by a kick, a stroke, a pedal, and step. I would not be where I am, or where I am headed, if had not taken the first ones. As imperfect as they may have been, it got me here. And I still have a long way to go, all the more reason to keep looking ahead and appreciate where I have been.

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    1. Thank you. I started in triathlon twelve years ago. The past three years I have been racing triathlon races one a month June through September. Next month I will do my fourth half iron distance. It is an amazing sport, I just love it. Thank you for commenting. All the best to your wife in triathlon!

  1. I know that feeling, putting in a 2min 100meter average over 1500m feels AWESOME !!
    I trained TI swim style as well.. arent they great? anyway have fun and re-fuel yourself.

    -Isaac

      1. most of my fuel are not that good, Asian food are always drenched in oil and high in salt.. (well at least that’s my excuse) LoL ..

        have a great weekend
        Isaac

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