Looks like I’ll be bagging yet another long ride this weekend. I had thought to take my hybrid with me to Columbus GA for the soccer tournament, but after giving it some thought, I changed my mind. I’m not overly worried about it though. I was pretty pleased with numbers from Tuesday’s interval ride. I have committed myself to a long ride next Thursday of at least two hours. That will pretty much be my last chance to get a long ride in before the race on the 12th.
I had zero luck finding a place to swim in Columbus this weekend. They have a big ole river there, so one might think they’d have places to swim. Evidently not. While I’m willing to skip one workout to get in 9 soccer matches, I’m not willing to skip two. Thusly, I dragged my happy ass out of bed at 4:30 AM this morning to get my swim on.
My workout for the day had me chuckling. I always dreaded coach’s swim tests. They came in different flavors: 10x100 w/10 seconds rest, 1x400, 1x500. I guess it kind of depended on her mood. That’s why I laughed when I saw a VOS set on my schedule today, with 10 seconds rest. For those of you not in the know, VOS is a VO2 max swim set. For me, that’s a “swim as hard as you can pace”, or as I like to think of it, swim hard enough to puke.
So, I drag my happy butt out of the bed at 4:30 AM and head to the gym. I’m the fourth person to arrive. I counted. I was the first person in the pool. I was the only person in the pool for the whole time I was there. I warmed up with a 200 yard easy swim, then 300 yards of drill. I gave myself a short breather before hitting start on the watch, and off I went.
Typical. My first 100 was my fastest, coming in under my target time of 1:27. From there, I got progressively worse. As a matter of fact, that was the only 100 beneath my target time. I had a few close to one thirty, before settling in at 1:32. My final five were all in the 1:34 range.
After analyzing my digits, a calculated my T-pace at 1:32, a full second off my previous time. Now, there’s some improvement! My swimming has been plateaued for a while. I’ve seen plenty of running and cycling improvements this year, but my swimming over the last three years has been stagnant.
While I’m not willing to do anything about swimming this year. It has been noted, and next year, this just won’t do at all…
Have a great weekend, y’all! See ya on the pitch…