The highlight for this week was the first week of the beginner swim class that I’m taking. By the second day, I was able to swim freestyle with side breathing. Now, I can only swim 25m at a time then have to take a brief rest then swim another 25m, but after that 50m I need about 5 mins rest. The goal though was to learn to swim with side breathing and I accomplished that. Now I need to work on my endurance.
In running and biking, I did the same distances as the previous week. 11 miles running and 60 miles biking. I did my second ever brick session today, running 1.5 miles right after my 30-mile bike ride. Legs felt like jelly, but that was to be expected. By about the 0.75-mile mark, my legs felt fine in that they didn’t feel like jelly, but they were still tire though, but more like the tired feeling at the end of a long run.
Here is my week from TrainingPeaks:
Goals For Next Week: I will keep the amount of running the same. For the biking, I will add 5 miles to the long bike ride. For swimming, I hope to log at least 200m for each of the 4 days of my swimming class with a stretch goal of reaching 400m on one of those days.
Today I had my first bike fit done at PlayTri. When I first got my bike, I did all the adjustments myself. I was quite happy and I’ve been riding on the bike for the last 3 months without any issue when used as a road bike, but I recently installed some clip-on aero bars had some discomfort when riding it for the first time. I wanted to have a proper tri fit.
The bike fit was the Retul system. I didn’t expect to have to do so much riding, but in the end I was happy with the result. My seat got raised a bit and I did replace the saddle with a tri specific saddle. It was much more comfortable when I was in the aero position.
I have my long ride tomorrow of 30 miles and that will be a good test. We’ll see how long I can stay in the aero position. I’ve only ridden two others times this past week with the aero bars. I think I spent perhaps 40-50% of the time in the aero position on the first 15-mile ride, but only 20% of the time on the second 15-mile ride due to the discomfort.
I have also done the 30-mile ride for last 3 weekends so I have a good baseline for my power and speed to compare against.
If I got into a pool and was told to swim to the other side, I can do it, and I can even swim back, but was I swimming? I guess it depends on how you define swimming. If it is simply to propel oneself, then yes, I was swimming! But, the way I swim is not typical. It would be a combination of freestyle with my face out of the water the entire time and a lot of splashing, a little breast stroke when I got tired, and flipping over on my back and making what my wife calls snow angles in order to move.
None of my strokes were normal.
When I was doing my Divemaster Scuba certification, one of the requirements was to swim 400m. You got various points depending on how long you took with 5 points for under 9 mins and 1 point for at least finishing. I only got the 1 point having taken around 18 mins to swim the 400m. At the time I was doing 10-mile long runs, but I was exhausted after that 400m swim.
I know this will not work for any kind of long distance triathlon. So in order to accomplish my goal, I had to take some swimming lessons to learn to swim properly so I can be more efficient in the water. I found a 2-week beginner class that started this past Monday and after just a couple days, I can now swim freestyle with side breathing.
Now, I’m not breaking any speed records and I’m tired after just 50m, but at least I have the technique down and now I just need to work on building up my endurance.