My weekend nirvana
Today started out stressful as I took a last-minute phone call at work that made me late for my now “spiritual” Saturday morning lake swim.
However, with minimal warm-up I was able to have my fastest swim. It’s funny how sometimes form review of swimming can hurt my performance and sometimes it helps. Often times if I review some swim techniques before swimming, I’m too much in my head and I have a terrible swim. Over the past weeks, I noticed my times not really improving (and actually getting slower), so I felt like I had nothing to lose by reviewing my swim form.
I followed the tips from my training time with Endurance Nation last year. Endurance Nation has you focus on the following:
- Front quadrant swimming ie, keeping your lead swim arm out in front of you until your recovery hand is at your head
- Focus on pulling the water back versus pushing the water down
- be as streamline as possible, reduce frontal area and drag, this can be done by good body rotation
- breathing as rotation, not head lift (breathing with one goggle still in the water to avoid head lift)
- using your lungs as a fulcrum, ie, finding YOUR balance point where you have your legs raise up naturally instead of kicking them to the surface
There’s more to the guide, but this is the high points. I’m not sure which one of them helped the most, but I had my fastest swim ever at Lucky’s. I wasn’t even trying to swim fast, but when I looked at my Garmin, I was a bit surprised at the time. I’ve had faster times at the lake, but with buoy or wetsuit assisted.
After a great swim, it was onto the run part of my day. This is day 36 of 365 5K runs. I’m thinking more about not pushing myself hard everyday and to leave some runs for just enjoyment and not time. I’m also getting concerned about possible overuse injuries as my quest to run 365 consecutive 5K’s continues. I had a bit of a hamstring “twinge” while swimming, so I decided not to push my run as a precaution.
It always feels great after running, somehow I feel reconnected with my primal self. I imagine staying in shape for the hunt coming up later as I chase down a deer or something.
My daughter Amaya had a basketball playoff game today at 11, so I got a break in the action as I watched her have her best game of the year. She’s in a boys league, but they almost won the game as they tired out towards the end of the game and the boys came storming back.
We went out to celebrate her successful summer basketball camp coming to a close by going to wing house. After saying our goodbyes, I was off to sleep. Or so I thought……
I decided at the last-minute to take Zoey out for a spin. It had been too long since I rode her and I do no want to lose my bike fitness again. I didn’t know if I would have any energy left in my legs after the swim and run. Therefore I told myself that I’d go for an easy ride. It’s so hard for me to do easy and I ended up going fast and PR’ing some of the bike course.
All in all, today was a good training day. Also a good time spent with my kids and their activities too. I feel best when I give time to both.