Flights are booked, room is booked and we are in countdown mode to get back into the ocean.
After being spoiled all winter swimming in the bathtub warmth of the West Vancouver Aquatic Centre pool, I know my (our) first planned ocean swim in May is going to seriously have me questioning why I signed up for this event in the first place! As much as I love ocean swimming, it is always a rough transition from the pool back to the ocean, and vice versa after a season of ocean swimming back into the pool.
I have to admit too, I haven’t been in the water as much as I had hoped all winter – with crazy work schedules, and weekend ski trips – my 3 day/week plan dwindled to maybe 1/week. There too may have been (ok, for sure there were) a couple of weeks where I abandoned the water all together in order to ski the copious amounts fresh powder we received on the Coast Mountains. However, with the change of season in full force (and with it an end to ski season), I am determined to get back on track.
My training plan from here on in is to do 1 moderate swim, 1 endurance swim, and a recovery swim per week. My weekly swims looks something like this (although the order/workouts do switch up depending on how tired/bored I am – and I do add speed intervals in as well for extra ’fun’) :
Swim 1: Moderate 60 minutes
Warm up: 400-500m (100m as 50 Free, 25 back, 25 choice – rest 10s)
Main Set/Drills: 1200m (200’s) Alternating Flipper 200/Pull free steady 200 6x
Cool down: 100’s as Free slow, Back, Breast, Double Arm back
Swim 2: 30 minutes EASY recovery swim
Free swim: 1200m
Cool Down: 100m
Swim 3: Endurance 60 minutes (Pyramids ugh)
Warm-up 500m – 100’s free, back, breast, choice
Drills 500m – 100’s FTD, Zipper, Catch & Pull, choice
Main-set 1400m-1500m – alternating free and pull-free Pyramids
Cool down 100m
I have also started doing some sighting drills to get my body ‘remembering’ what it feels like to have to lift my head out of the water every few strokes. When I do this, the only people who look at me like I’m not crazy are the ones I can only assume are training for triathlon – as they just give me a little knowing ‘nod’ and smile as if to say ‘good idea’….at least that’s what I’m choosing to believe!
From my experience in training for other events, the 3-month mark for me is when the butterflies of anticipation start to beat their wings. While I am not nervous per se about the event, I am thankful that there will be someone I know in the water with me when that horn blows.
Stay tuned! 3 weeks and we’re back in the ocean for the REAL TRAINING TO BEGIN!