Thursday, March 10, 2005

Wednesday's Triathlon Workout (3/9/05)

Today’s highlight: a “breakthrough” swim workout where my assignment was to...

  • swim 10X100’s (with 10 second rest intervals) at something approximating my race pace,
  • maintain good stroke mechanics and a relaxed form, and
  • produce consistent lap times and (maybe) try to descend the last 2X100’s.

After a 5X100 warm-up, I produced times of 1:35, 1:50, 1:50, 2:00, 1:55, 1:55, 1:55, 1:55, 1:50 and 1:50. It looks like 1:55 is my “natural” pace given current training and conditioning levels. Based on some very rough calculations, my Olympic-distance swim time would improve by 30% over 2004 if I was able to race at that pace.

Wow. I really sucked last year. Thus my 2005 training goal should really be stated as “suck less.” Small steps, er, strokes.

A nice, easy 5-mile, 45-minute run completed the day’s endeavors. It was good to enjoy the sunshine and exchange verbal pleasantries (and hand gestures) with some of the Great Suburban Outback’s finest teenagers. I’ve gotta stop going out for runs just as the local high schools adjourn for the day.

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