Well strictly speaking tri sessions are rarely if ever terrifying, I’m just hijacking the whole Halloween theme … any excuse !!
Tri sessions are tough though especially the coached sessions. I may have mentioned that I had recently joined a coached triathlon swim group that meets weekly in Belvedere College in the city centre and boy are those sessions something to scream about. Last week’s session left me exhausted but in a good way . Indeed the whole concept and execution of a tailored and focused swim session is a new one to me and while daunting and physically taxing it is absolutely the way to go if you are going to progress. Really till now I had an unstructured training regime in the pool and my times definitely showed that. If you want to swim faster in competition then you have to train faster. This applies to swimming, cycling and running. Only being new to the sport I had taken a more pedestrian approach so far. In fact I am still getting used to the whole concept of physical discomfort when exercising which so something seasoned athletes even at amateur level embraced early in their sporting careers. The saying goes, its about being comfortably uncomfortable, once you accept that and embrace it mentally, your body will do the rest. Its mind over matter.
Certainly in these recent swim sessions it has been a serious case of embracing physical discomfort for the sake of eeking out a extra second here or there. By virtue of being in a group environment with a coach giving instructions from the side I do find myself flirting with that discomfort and finding I can tolerate it, certainly more so than I have done when swimming solo. Indeed there’s nothing especially innovative about these coached sessions, they constitute a warm up and a main body of 12 sets of 100 metres (each hundred must be completed as quickly as possible plus a 15 second rest) off 2 mins 15 seconds. It isn’t exactly the quickest pace in the world but it is a starting point and taxes me from a cardiovascular standpoint, to such an extent that there’s the slightest hint of dread at the thought of the next session …. it’s the anticipation that is the only real thing that terrifies 🙂
Aside from a couple of pool sessions, I also recorded a PB on the watt bike in the gym with which I was most pleased and sweaty, cycled to Bray and back without getting a puncture and ran a 6km on grass in Bushy Park, 2 km of which were under 4 minutes and given my recent calf trouble I was delighted with that, so it has been a productive week.
I also had time to put together a new video, check it out below:
Oh and finally Happy Halloween 😉