Another Ironman journey
Evening fitness peeps.
After a week i have started to find breathing through the nose easier. My ears popped today & everything is now a lot louder. So, i think the barstool cold maybe now be on it's way out.
30 min run just done. Of for a 1 hour swim in a bit. Starting to feel real good about getting back into a regular training pattern again, despite not feeling tip top.
Andy, that's good to hear. Take it easy mate, till those germs are truly vanquished!
Evening teamI reccommend 100m intervals in the pool to wake you upand to send you to sleep after
maybe I will try the 100m intervals tonight when I go swimming!
A good sessions is 10 x 100m off 60 seconds, then 10 x 50m off 45 seconds, then 10 x 25m off 30 seconds
I meant 60 seconds recovery!!
Managed a sneaky 30 miles on the TT bike at lunch time - first time i've done any mileage on her since the bike fit. Initially a little strange as I felt I was hanging out over the front wheel, but soon got use to it. A lot more stable at high speed. Forgot how quickly you can eat the miles up on the TT!!
SD - just ride up Gas Hill a few times
Second swim with NEWTs tonight, loved it, great coach. Feeling good!
You're going to ride up Gas Hill? Are you insane? haha
Wondered if I could get some swimming advice from you guys... I'm really struggling to get my breathing right. By the end of a few lengths my chest feels like it's about to explode. I'm really concerned about not having this sorted already! Does anyone have any advice on what I can do to sort this out? Or is it a case of putting in lots of swim time?
On a side note, it feels so good to get back into a regular training routine, feel loads better than I did over Christmas and New Year!
Hope everyone's training is going well!
Budgie, for me it was just time in the water that made breathing easier, improving water fitness, improving technique, trying not to tense up. I haven't experienced a real 'click' moment, but it's getting easier quicker.
Budgie, best advice I can pass on is to try slowing things down until your breathing feels comfortable. How many strokes are you doing between breaths? Make sure you exhale as much as you can while your face is in the water - a very wise woman told me to breathe out steadily, as if I was whistling, and it works for me.
SD - I used to live by Pinebanks and had a run route that went up Gas Hill, Harvey Lane, Thunder Lane and Pound Lane. Nice hills round there
Well then. I’ve had a little bit of a review of my swim stoke with a swim coach. By the looks of it, as I suspected, I’m not “bubble breathing” which means I’m exhaling and inhaling during the breath sequence of the stroke.
As a consequence I’m letting my head get too high in the water to create the time and space needed to get the air in and out of my system. With my head too high in the water my hips are being forced down which of course is creating drag which, as we all know, is a bad thing.
I also have a fairly weak catch and pull which sees me generally push the water downwards rather than backwards. On the plus side, I do have a strong hip led kick. So it’s not all bad news.
As of Tuesday of next week I’ll be joining my local pool’s Masters Swim class.
I had put off joining such a scheme as I’d been hoping to correct things myself. Clearly, I’ve been swimming long enough to know this isn’t going to happen. Roll on Tuesday. I’ve bought an extra tight pair of Speedos especially.
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