Races and time trials are some of the best ways to monitor progress. My friend asked me if I wanted to swim a time trial with her that her coach gave her to gauge her pace for swim in a half iron distance triathlon. With my race three months away, I agreed – it is a good way to get an idea of my pace. This morning we got in a crowded pool and did a long warm up before we went into the time trial. The time trial was made up of 3 x 300 meters with the goal of going fast, but sustaining a pace that we could hold for all three sets. We only had 30 seconds rest and we were to keep the pace for each 300 meters within 15 seconds of each other. We swim a very similar pace and were sharing a lane, so we decided to send off about 15 seconds apart. She went first and I followed. I swam hard and kept an idea of where my friend was when we passed to make sure we were fairly consistent. It definitely pushed us to swim hard. My results – 5:54, 5:56. and 5:58. I kept it within four seconds – and under 2:00 per 100 meters every set. My friend did even better with her slowest at 5:51. I was very happy with how we both did. My average pace per 100 meters based on the trial is 1:58. For now – I want to do this again next month to see if I improve. In all we swam 3,000 meters – a very challenging and fulfilling workout.
My run this afternoon was an easy zone 2 run for 55 minutes. After the hard swim this morning, I was glad to have an easy run. It felt good to shake my legs out and listen to some music on the treadmill while I let my mind go. I also got my resistance workout in. I am a little sore from Tuesday, it has been quite a while since I lifted, and after today I think I will feel it even more tomorrow.
Today’s time trial was the first I have done like this in swimming, but it certainly shows I have progressed. That alone is motivation to push harder – in all three sports. This afternoon I was discussing my mantra Believe with a friend and she helped me see the word in a new way. Yes, I use it to believe I am able, I am capable to push harder. But I also need to believe I already have abilities – some I may not be using. My coach and I came to that conclusion after reviewing my race split times compared to my heart rate. I have to let go of the fears and doubts and just do it.