Monday, May 14, 2007

Never underestimate...

... the power of recovery...

... and finally using 50m lanes in the pool.

I have felt pretty rested after taking some time off after last week's gauntlet of training.

Tonight was swim practice with TCSD, and it was a really good practice for me. Admittedly, I haven't been swimming as much as I would like, and last thursday's ocean swim was a wake up call for me. My strength and endurance just isn't there like it was pre-lavaman, which doesn't surprise me since I have concentrating on building my endurance in the bike and the run since the swim at vineman is only a couple hundred meters longer than lavaman, where as the bike and run are more than double.

So tonight at swim, we swam in the 50m lanes, and I am a HUGE fan of the 50m lanes, which also means I can't stand 25m lanes. Swimming for me - it's all about getting into a rhythm, and simply put, I just can't do that in the 25m lanes. I feel like I am constantly turning around. Not to mention flip turns fall in the nearly impossible to do category, which makes it even more frustrating. At any rate, tonight's swim was a big confidence booster for me, both mentally and physically.

I also learned that my uber-endurance-athlete-neighbor-one-of-the-coolest-guys-on-the-planet Graham Cooper may be joining me in the pool soon as he prepares for his Tri One-O-One - Clear Lake, Western States 100 (which he won last year!!!), and Ironman Canada race season.

Not bad, eh?

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