For anyone who hasn't checked, they DO still have water in the pool at the local YMCA. I checked, this morning. It's been so long since I did a swim workout there was the distinct possibility the water had all evaporated.
No. Really. It's been that long.
My last swim was the 1.2 miles of the High Cliff Half-Ironman. In June. Seriously.
I decided if I was going to keep calling myself a triathlete, I should probably start doing some swimming. It might also be time to pull the bike down off the ceiling of the garage and throw it on the trainer. To be fair, I have ridden since the half-Ironman. Honestly.
There are some out there who take a bit of time off, say 14-16 months, after a race before they get back in the pool. After an extended break, they get back in the pool and find their pace has slowed by a few seconds, all the way back to 1:30-1:35 per 100 yards. Getting back into the pool is like getting back onto a bike. No big deal.
For me, getting back into the pool is more like falling off the bike. I can do it, but it's not pretty.
Today was little different. I kept it easy and only did 1500 yards, including 500 yards of fin drills focused on improving my core rotation. I figure if I'm essentially starting over, now might be a good time to work on bilateral breathing.
I'm sure I'll be feeling the results of the workout tomorrow. Or tonight. Or after lunch. Okay, I'm feeling it, now, and will surely hate myself later. Or now.
It's okay, though. My body survived the first winter learning to swim, and I'm way ahead of THAT particular disaster. January is when I will dig out the training plan I used for Ironman (from the awesome Coach Mike Ricci). Coach Mike routinely pointed out that I'm a runner and I can hold my own on the bike. My weakness is the swim, so that's what he focused on when putting together the training plan.
Well, little has changed. Even undertrained I can put down 50 miles in a single run. The bike will fall into place once I decide to get back on it. But the swim...
So, for the next several months, that's what I'll be working on improving. And when spring gets here, I'll work on it some more. I'll continue to work on it during the summer. And, hopefully, when September gets here, I'll be ready to swim 2.4 miles as part of mIronman, my self-supported 140.6 mile event.
Stick around. Once again, there is the very real possibility I'll drown myself between now and April.
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.