The pool was closed a few days, I felt like a couple of easy days and that carried into the start of this week.
My first swim this week left me bemused, had I really lost that much speed just from a period of 10 days where I got only say 1-2 swims in? I struggled through a pyramid set of 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 and back down. Every one averaged over 1:40/100m pace, most close to 1:50/100m and just seemed to get worse.
I enjoyed the session, as once you get to 500m it's a mental boost knowing grand, I'm on the home straight now...
However the pace just wasn't there, technique felt off and I just felt a bad swimmer overall.
Fortunately, my second swim was much improved and gave me a boost. I had a set plan going in, but felt pretty similar and lothargic to my first swim so wasn't exactly up for this one.
I changed my plan as I started to swim. I decided I'd just keep swimming until I got somewhat of a feel for the water back, as they say. So focussed on my weaknesses and tried to get into a rhythm.
After about 400m or so I started to feel like my timing was back. Not that anything changed much, just that my natural timing came into effect and swimming got easier. Now I'm not talking superb pace or anything, but back to ok pace for me and much improved on the first swim of the week.
So I stopped a few lengths more and checked the watch - 500m done, so feck it I'll just continue to 750m and start my set.
So 10 lengths later I stop the clock at 12:59 and am very pleasantly surprised. This was back to my aerobic 750m pace give or take 10 seconds and felt much better.
So I continued with my set and things continued from there.
Onto bike sessions, nothing to report really. All done on turbo this week as high winds and new brake pads required meant it made more sense. I do my outdoor bikes at weekends anyway.
A couple times I had the tv on in front of me and really noticed myself dropping out of planned hr zones and taking it easy. This is a weakness for me and if I'm to get a quality bike in I just put on the docking station and get the work done...
Running has been easy this week, though I did a Tempo 30min on the treadmill which was nice.
Legs feel in need of a massage so need to book that in for Monday.
Next week is a testing and recover week so hopefully improved figures on last time for me.
Overall, it's been a case of a slow start back into it but starting to feel back into the zone again.
I think we've all had days where we just don't feel like it. And this whole week was some of it for me.
After a few sessions I got the post good session high and endorphins and that helped get things back in the game for me. I have shuffled a few workouts around to suit certain days and how I felt etc.
I still like to listen to my body but there is an element of just getting on with it at the same time.
It's just 6 weeks now to my first duathlon of this year and first chance to see if I've made progress on some athletes from last year.
I did the Brownlee Duathlon on the Sportsman Duathlon Course. That was a very enjoyable day and so much so I've signed up for the 3 Sportsman Duathlon races this year - Feb, Mar and Apr.
The course is about as good as it gets, virtually pan flat and a nice tester with wind thrown in on the bike.
I came in 15th that day and my run was a notable weakness compared to those ahead of me.
I did go into this race with a view to not maxing the run as it was just a week or two before the Dublin Marathon and I didn't want to risk an injury as a precaution. Nonetheless there's no doubt those ahead of me were all faster runners.
POS NAME Run Cycle RUN2 CHIP TIME
1 ALISTAIR BROWNLEE 0:09:23.6 0:26:20.6 0:09:42.1 0:45:26.3
2 JONATHAN BROWNLEE 0:09:25.0 0:28:01.2 0:09:43.5 0:47:09.8
3 PAUL CARROLL 0:10:09.4 0:28:15.5 0:10:25.2 0:48:50.0
4 MATT MOLLOY 0:10:48.7 0:27:18.3 0:11:05.3 0:49:12.3
5 CONSTANTINE DOHERTY 0:10:08.8 0:29:06.7 0:10:24.6 0:49:40.2
6 MICHAEL BLACK 0:10:02.6 0:29:38.0 0:10:18.3 0:49:59.0
7 PHIL WOOD 0:10:42.4 0:30:10.9 0:10:58.8 0:51:52.2
8 JUDE MCENTEE 0:10:39.6 0:30:27.1 0:10:56.0 0:52:02.7
9 EDWARD BRENNAN 0:11:02.5 0:29:54.6 0:11:19.4 0:52:16.5
10 NON STANFORD 0:11:06.1 0:30:00.1 0:11:23.0 0:52:29.2
11 ADRIAN BOYLE 0:10:42.6 0:30:49.8 0:10:59.1 0:52:31.5
12 IAN CASSIDY 0:12:02.7 0:28:24.3 0:12:20.8 0:52:47.8
13 ROB CUMMINS 0:11:49.6 0:29:53.8 0:12:07.4 0:53:50.7
14 MARK SERVISS 0:10:47.9 0:32:07.2 0:11:04.5 0:53:59.6
15 IAN FARRELL 0:12:18.1 0:29:17.0 0:12:36.5 0:54:11.6