Cruisin’

It was back to the pool today for the first time in a little while.  I decided to use an article I had read at Trifuel a while ago as the basis for today’s workout.

Swim Cruise Intervals

(Courtesy TriFuel)

It was really great to get back into the water.  I had a quick but tough workout, consisting of 100 yds breaststroke for warm-up, the cruise interval “setting” described above (6 x 100), 100 breaststroke to recover, 100 of kickboard drills, and a final 100 of breaststroke for cooldown.  I did the cruise intervals and kickboard laps with bilateral breathing.

My first 100 in the cruise interval set was quick, but I couldn’t maintain it over the whole set.  I did eventually settle into a decent pace that was about the same for the final three 100s in the cruise interval set.  Hopefully this will give me a good target for future workouts.  I’m really looking forward to trying a few of the cruise interval workouts on Trifuel.

I needed a little inspiration this evening, so I tracked down a quote that seems appropriate for everyone working on improving their fitness and trying to make good changes in their lives.  Enjoy!

Don't Judge Each Day By The Harvest - RLS

(Courtesy BrainyQuote)

Fifty more questions done tonight for 100 total.  I’ve only reviewed about 1/4 of them so far, but it’s a work in progress.  🙂

BETT

Wednesday Water Workout

Great swim this morning.

Did the same workout as my second lap session:

  • Warm-up: 200 yards breaststroke
  • 4×100 on 20” rest, with BLB on every lap
  • 200 yards breaststroke to recover
  • 4×100 on 20” rest, with BLB on every lap
  • Cool down: 200 yards breaststroke

Not sure if it was any faster than the first time I did it, but it certainly felt easier once I got into it.

Happy hump day!

BETT

Practice What You Preach

On Monday, I told you about my return to swimming and first attempt at bilateral breathing.  Trifuel had a recommended BLB set on the bottom of the page that I had referenced that day:

  • Warm-up: 200 yards alternating BLB every 3rd length.
  • Main set: 4×100 on 10” rest, with 1st and 4th length being BLB
  • 4×100 on 10” rest with middle 50 being weak side breathing
  • 3×200 on 15” rest. Swim 200 as follows: 50 blb, 50 ws, 50 blb, 50 ws
  • Cool down – same as warm up

I wasn’t quite ready to take on this challenge, as it was only my second swimming workout, but I was definitely excited to get some BLB laps in.  I adapted Trifuel’s recommendations and made my own workout:

  • Warm-up: 200 yards breaststroke
  • 4×100 on 20” rest, with BLB on every lap
  • 200 yards breaststroke to recover
  • 4×100 on 20” rest, with BLB on every lap
  • Cool down: 200 yards breaststroke

It seems quite scaled-down, compared to the original Trifuel set, but this was a great workout for me!  I definitely needed those 20 seconds to catch my breath between 100s – and that recovery breaststroke was the perfect thing between sets.  My arms felt like wet noodles when I was finished, but I liked going in to my workout with a plan that ensured an efficient session.

Today’s workout will be a brief strength session.

BETT

So It Begins

Yesterday evening I did my first swim workout!  I am very happy to be able to write that, because I almost didn’t go to the gym.  (It was the last thing I wanted to do after working most of the weekend.)  I’m glad I went though, because I swam 64 laps (25 yard pool) and had a great time!  I alternated 100s of breaststroke with 100s of freestyle, practicing a new skill on the freestyle laps – bilateral breathing.  This is something I had tried years ago, when I was participating in an organized swim program, but I was never successful with it.  I think my hiatus from swimming has helped, because I found it much easier to do bilateral breathing (BLB) this time around.  Apparently it is quite helpful in open water triathlon swimming, so I’m happy to get started on practicing it early!

My workout today will ideally be a run outside or a cycling class at the gym – but will most likely be work and weather dependent!

BETT