|Retired ex-British cop makes sure my stroke is flawless,|
and the trains run on time.
Overall this week of training was another week of solid training for me. There were not a lot of flashy workouts, just a lot of consistency. In fact, this week I did the exact same 1600 yard mainset in my swim everyday. Although the mainset is short, it provided an interesting look into mental and physical markers. It also kept me fresh and allowed me to perform the mainset with good form. One thing I have really been aware of this off-season is truncating the mainset any time my form suffers. On the flip side, I have even doubled the mainset if I feel like I can hold good form.
Too often I believe that athletes are not in tune enough with their bodies to really understand their state of fitness, mental status, and overall fatigue level. Too often athletes just blindly follow a plan instead of really trying to understand their body. A coach and tests can be great tools and objective markers, however there is no substitute for intuition. It is in blind following and/or compulsion where I see a lot of injuries start and staying in the game is the biggest battle for endurance athletes.
Swim: 20,600 yards / ~12 miles / 5 hours 38 minutes
Here are my weekly swim, bike, and run totals:
Total: 213 Miles / 21 hours 52 minutes
Bike: 169 miles / 12 hours 02 minutes
Run: 33 miles / 4 hours 11 minutes
Core: 0 sessions / 0 hours 0 minutes