First, allow me apologize to anyone who had a heart attack after seeing two posts in the same week. I really don't want any of the three of you to come to harm.
Today's workout was reminiscent of the final showdown in "The Princess Bride." That's where Westley (or, if you prefer, the Dread Pirate Roberts) challenges Prince Humperdinck to a duel "to the pain." Though there was no swordplay, and not much of a duel, the "to the pain" part was in play.
My focus for the past several weeks has been improving my pace, mostly through workouts consisting primarily of 100s. Today, I decided to do sets of 100 yards on 2:20 seconds until failing to stay under two minutes for two consecutive sets. My tenth set was 2:01, but I managed to get back under that on the next set, guaranteeing at least another couple hundred yards. In the end, I managed 1400 yards before finishing.
With that under my belt, it's probably time to think about a 1000 yard time trial to benchmark things. It's probably also time to think about more drill sets to help improve my form. After all, there's a race season just around the corner.
And this year, I won't be wiping myself out in the first race. There's a self-supported Ironman to be completed in September.
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.