Archive for July, 2009

Tri swim #2…

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

…this time, in the pool. Good news is that we did all 500 yards, in about 22 minutes. I took more breaks than Sunshine did, but it got done and with a minimum of crap. Of course, there was lots of pushing off from the walls, and the rests were all standing, clinging to the edge, and minus the whole waves-slapping-us-in-the-face-with-salt-water thing. So, it doesn’t exactly map.

But: now I’ve proven to myself that I can actually go the targeted distance. The thing to focus on now is endurance, fewer breaks, less pushing-off-of-walls and faster time. Gotta start somewhere…

There are things to start thinking about:

  • I have some bad breathing habits–I start expelling breath immediately, instead of trying to hold it for a bit before letting go of it–I learned to do this diving, as it helps me to relax, and I eventually settle into a rhythm of inhale-hold-slow-bubble-exhale-hold, but I can’t really emulate that while swimming. Yet.
  • My freestyle form is fairly spastic–I noticed today that whenever I breathe, I stop driving with the down hand. This caused me to be more deliberate about driving it, which made me more slappy on the surface, and generally sent half my form to shite. Gotta make the stroke more balanced, calm and controlled. Getting better control of my breath will make the rest of me less panicky. More to think about.

Tomorrow, we’re gonna do a half-tri: 250 meters in the pool, 5 miles on the bike, 1.5 mile run. It won’t have the transitions, as it’s all static equipment, but it’ll give us a little flavor of what we’re in for. I’d like to get two more 500-meter swims in before we head off to La Jolla Shores to swim with Rizzy & Tosh, Concrete Boy, Heathen and whoever else gets roped into our gang of morons. I’m just hoping to not embarrass myself next week…

We also need to get sized for bikes this weekend, and close down the bike search. It became clear today that Waynon’s bike is probably a bit too big for Sunshine, and considering it’s her (self-determined) weakest event, she really needs gear that’s going to fill her with confidence, not fear.

So: progress made, and some reality settling in. This is all good stuff, but dammit, my gut still jiggles. Gotta solve that problem, too. Hopefully, all this tri workout prep will go some way to helping…