Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Humility

So, today's training called for a 4000 yard swim with no rest intervals. I guess it could basically be called an Ironman swim. Okay, it's off by a couple hundred yards. Yes, those couple hundred yards are very important (and challenging). Still, in the grander scheme of things, 4000 yards may as well be an IM swim.

Completing this kind of swim calls for close planning on my part. With my pace averaging around 2:00/100 yards and the knowledge that it probably WON'T be 2:00/100 yards after about 3000 yards are completed, timing is everything. Forty 100-yard lengths. Two minutes per 100. That's 80 minutes in a perfect world. Start swimming at 5:10 a.m. Finish at 6:30 (in that same perfect world). That leaves less than an hour to shower, dress, and drive the 25 miles to the office. Like I said, planning is essential.

I was quick on the draw, this morning. I got to the pool a few minutes early and was in the pool by 5:05. I hit the water right away and started the 400 yard warmup. By the end of that warmup, I knew I was in trouble. Even with my lowly swimming skills, it usually takes way more than 400 yards to have me feeling fatigued. Not today. With more than 2 miles left to swim, I was already feeling it.

A quick review of the past 24 hours provides two likely culprits. One is unavoidable. Monster Girl didn't sleep very well, last night. The 5.5 hours of sleep I counted is being generous. That was all broken up. Even so, I've trained on far less, far worse sleep. Perhaps it was something else.

Like the strength session that was scheduled for AFTER the swim. The one that I moved to 12 hours BEFORE the swim, because timing would otherwise preclude getting the session completed. The one that had me feeling it as I headed home. The one that turned my arms and legs to mush. But still, it MIGHT have been the sleep. So I'm holding Monster Girl responsible. Since she's only 16 months old, she probably won't care. And it will give her something to hold against me when I'm old and forgetful and she's taking care of me.

Still, just to be safe, avoid putting a strength workout right before a breakthrough swim session. Well, unless you want something to keep you humble. Getting to 3700 yards and having to call it a day is frustrating. And yes, I DO question my sanity. A few months back, cutting a 750 yard session short by 300 yards wouldn't have bugged me, at all. Today, missing 300 yards on my long swim drives me batty. Especially when it's simply because it's because I swam slower than usual because of a moved workout. That will keep me humble for a while.

10 comments:

Andra Sue said...

Not getting enough rest is a surefire way to have your swim mojo go away. Good job on getting it done anyhow. Well, at least 92.5% of it! You rock!

Comm's said...

it is so much harder to swim 4k in a pool than open water. Something to think about.

Spokane Al said...

That is one impressive swim, especially after your lifting regime. And that should count for something!

Nytro said...

comm's right... you probably would have easily hit 4,000 in open water. don't be too hard on yourself!!

oh... and, i have the flu so my sarcastic pool of wit is dried up for the moment. what you read above is not my usual fare.

but, you already knew that.

Deb said...

Humble is good! ;)

Iron Benny said...

Uh, 3700 yards straight through in a pool is very hard. Much harder than a 4,000 yard open water swim. That had to be boring as hell Pol. Man, I think I'd rather hit my head against a wall.

Also, do you know what else will make you humble? How about getting the flu for nine days, trying to ride my bike today for the first time since getting sick, going 1.5 miles and hitting a wall, then riding back. Total distance, 3 miles, average speed, 14.3 mph. Yep, that might set me back for a while

ShirleyPerly said...

Well, as you know, I've been humbled recently too. Just take it as a lesson learned and move on. Many things to be thankful for in the greater scheme of things.

Mike said...

Hey -great job Iron Pol - nothing shabby about a 3700 yd workout. NOTHING. You have made some nice leaps in the past 4-6 months. Keep it up.

Iron Pol said...

Thanks for all the great comments, everyone. That's one of the neateset things about the TBC. Everyone will be honest about improvement, then provide support when a target is missed.

tarheeltri said...

what comm said, but also, I went the other way. Missing any yards of the shorter workouts drove me insane, but for IM training I always more willing to cut it short because of the cumulative yardage I was putting in throughout training.