Saturday, June 11, 2011

Struggle

Fun and games...
Fun and games...
Fun and games...

I learned something about struggle in the pool Thursday afternoon.  Training for these short races essentially means the letup in intensity is modest during taper.  I backed off from a power swim set to a basic swim set on Tuesday, then Thursday, my workout was shorter, but included a 6x100 VOS set with 20 sec recovery in between.

I call VOS puke pace...

While I was warming up, I thought about my last VOS swim set (and my first one), and in particular, I thought about how my pace  declined as the workout got longer.  There are people out there in the world that are much faster than me.  What are they doing that I'm not doing?  Then it dawned on me.

I struggle.

Oh,  I had realized this  before, but I had never thought that my fighting the water actually made me slower.  This seemed like a great time to test my theory.  I paid particular attention to my swim style and form on the first 100.  I came in at 1:23.  Typical, and well below my target pace of 1:27.  I then proceeded to duplicate that feeling on my second 100.  My reward was another 1:23.  I slipped a little on my third 100, coming in at 1:25, but I bounced back with another 1:23 on my fourth 100.  Interavls 5 and 6 came in at 1:24 and 1:25 respectively.

These little breakthroughs are nice.  It wasn't a physical breakthrough.  I wasn't even breathing hard.  It was a mental and form breakthrough.  Sometimes, these kinds of improvements are the hardest to grasp.

Tomorrow, I am off to Lake West Point for the West Point Oly Triathlon.  This was my first ever Oly so long ago and my current course PR.  I rode my bike 20 minutes this morning and ran off the bike for 10.  I was done by 9:30 AM wondering what to do with myself for the rest of the day.  So far, I've straightened downstairs, upstair, ran the dishwasher, washed towels, washed Haint, and thrown all of my tri gear on the kitchen table.

My strategy for West Point this year is simple.  I want to PR the 10K run.  In order to do that, I've stripped Aerowyn down to just the bear essentials.  I'll put my tire kit in my bento box, and my bike bottle between my aero bars.  Other than that, she is unadorned.  I will wear no socks.  I will wear no gloves.  I will not daily in transition. Go, go, go!

If the weather forecast holds up, I should be done before the temperature reaches eighty.  A lot of my friends are going to be there.  My first triathlon of 2011 is going to be a party....

Have a great weekend, y'all!

Wes

7 comments:

Tea said...

Good luck and have a great time tomorrow!

Lisa said...

best wishes for the result you are hoping for. have fun!

Karen said...

You have the right attitude to PR this one.:.. you need nothing but a sup of fluid and a gel on the bike... Run PR awaits and by sounds of it transition PR too.... So no phaffing! Get to it soldier!

Stef said...

I absolutely love this Wes.

Party on and get your PR!!

Can't wait to read about it.

LBTEPA said...

"I had never thought that my fighting the water actually made me slower"...I thought it was you who put me on to that Total Immersion swimming?
well done darl and have fun racing :)

Michelle said...

"Puke pace" - love it!

Good luck at the race - I know you'll do great!!! Hope you get your PR!!!!!

Colleen said...

Gosh... a 1:2x anything in the swim would be my puke pace! :)

Hope the race went well!