Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Hump day, gotta love it!
Non training, I am working on getting back to work! As I have worked in the same industry for close to 15 years, I feel that I have reached an end to the opportunity. I am at a point where I am not feeling inspired. That being said, I am taking the time that I have to seek and develop opportunities that closer reflect my passion and the things that I would have pursued later had this not happened. I will surely have an exciting few weeks working towards this goal. Enough about work, this is a blog about training!
Today was an awesome day at the pool! I have had an action packed week with training a minimum of 2 workouts a day since Saturday. I am starting to feel the week piling up, but the swim did not show it! The intervals have now gone from 100m repeats to 400m repeats. Not long ago 2 or 3 of them would have knocked the wind out of me and I would have had to push myself through the workout. Today I kept my form, my speed and my HR all the way through. Even the kick part of the practice saw improvement from the past weeks. In the last 1/3rd of the swim there were some 100m repeats. I kept a 1:40 pace up to that point and was still moving with good form. I actually feel like my form has improved over the last few days, with a cleaner pull through the entire stroke. I know the swim is a matter of getting it done in IM, but I am feeling that I am gaining an ability to get it done with some comfort rather than being exhausted out of the water. It can only keep getting better.
I followed my swim with a run with the clinic that I am leading. WOW! Was it hot! The temperature was 27-28C and quote humid. Within 1km I was sweating like a madman, but it felt great to be running with the group. They are all very keen to reach the 1/2 marathon goal this fall and they are as keen to be out doing the training no matter what the conditions. It was a bonus run, but still a positive 7.5k in the books!
Overall hump day was awesome! I woke up this morning, the sun was shining, my friends were smiling and the world was waiting for me to check it out! Although I am 2 weeks into my 'break' I am feeling better than ever, as I said when I first started this rest time, things happen for a reason, and today was another day working towards that reason!
I hope you had a great day and that the 2nd half of the week brings you as much positive energy as I have been getting! Happy Hump Day!