Monday, July 28, 2014

Swimming again

Went for another lunchtime swim in the Sound (right, how nice is THAT to be able to do?) and the work from a pool session translated over immediately. A much more even stroke rate, better head position, and I settled in to my rhythm immediately. I was pushing from the chest, kicking a nice 6 beater, and pulling from my back. I still felt like I was doing a few things wrong - my left arm pull wasn't on the rails, and I wasn't finishing well on either side - but these are things I feel in the pool as well, and that means I'm finally getting past the badness. I'll keep up with the pool sessions. As much as I know the open water swimming practice helps, it's not enough 'work', and I lose some of the awareness of my form and muscle sensitivity when I don't swim in the clinical confines of the pool.

Had a very powerful ride on the trainer yesterday as well, that side of things has been wonderful to me this year. Good, consistent power, and my HR doesn't get out of the mid 150s when I ride at 110% FTP\Z5, which is right where it should be. I'm scratching at 300 for the first time, and while it isn't any easier, I can stand it a lot longer.

Off to vacation this weekend, looking ahead to some long, flat runs in the wee hours on the beach. Can't imagine I'll swim there, and most likely I won't be riding either, but we might bring the bikes. Tough, because Thing 1 doesn't have a bike right now, his was passed to Thing 3. Thing 2 is alright still, but she'll need a new one next year.