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This weeks diary will be short and sweet! My big sea swim on Saturday ended up with a trip to the doctor on Monday- no training for a week due to vertigo caused by cold water in ear. Felt rotten for a few days so no vigorous training was had. I took part in rolling out and a bit of light exercises at the normal kog10 team trainings. Sat out on Saturday mornings swim also but went down to the cove to watch the others with envy! Feeling better on Sunday I joined some of the lads for an early 7am swim. I wore ear plugs this time and they made a big difference. Took me a while to actually get my head under, I was a bit apprehensive after last week. I swam a few lengths and felt great! Everyone’s confidence is up on the swim and great distances were being swam by all! Everything is starting to come together now! 2 weeks out, and I aim for a good weeks training this week to catch up!!
Week 2 was a busy one and tried to up the training a bit and fit in a good few sessions. It was a bright and early start to Monday morning with a sea swim but it wasn’t the most productive session as I ended up with a sore shoulder blade. I’m still not getting the hang of this open water swimming. I went home, rested, iced and Monday night I felt ok so got out on the bike and did the route for the first time-short cycle but did it as fast as I possibly could. Shoulder felt ok so iced and got an early night.
On Tuesday, I went for a physio session to ease out my shoulder a bit, I really don’t want to be injured and miss out on training. Ouch. That night we trained at Alex’s gym for more kog10 team training! Took it nice and handy with a good bit of foam rolling to ease out our sore legs.
I hopped into the pool on Wednesday to get swim session done, shoulder felt good and swam about 2k. Why can’t I do that in the sea? I changed as fast as I could and headed out for a 5k run around the seafront. Legs felt so heavy but I got into my stride and started to enjoy it.
Thursday I went for a faster and slightly longer run. This was a lot tougher as I do not run fast at all, I tend to just plod along. Thursday night was up in P squared performance with the kog10 gang for a tough session. Really loving the classes as it’s a chance for all of us to catch up and suffer together! Reassuring to hear we are all sore and tired!
Friday morning I headed out for a longer 30km cycle with my friend Helen who brought me onto the route, but stayed on the road this time. Great to have her there as I wouldn’t have been the most comfortable doing this. Bike slipping gears so must get it down for a service next week before the big day! Runners at the door and did my first ‘brick’ training, I think that’s what it’s called anyhow. It was awful. My legs seemed stuck, ended up hopping trying to loosen out. I did about a km run and ran back. I can’t imagine doing that after the swim! Arrived home as alan headed to work, feeling quite happy that my session was over and done with for the day. Saturday we met down at the cove for another great sea swimming lesson with Alex. We practiced a few runs out of the water, and got in a few lengths of the cove. I felt a lot more confident today as the brilliant Damien from Amphibian King called earlier in the week to give me a loan of a good wetsuit to help me while I was waiting on my order to arrive. I could actually straighten my arms which felt great!! I am aiming to do the 750 swim, but I know I have to get into the sea and up the distance a lot more next week. As it happened my friend Niamh who is an open water swimmer came to visit Saturday night so I roped her Into bringing me onto the South Beach for a swim. For those that know me, I love a challenge. So I really wanted to swim the full length of the beach and back. I thought it would be ok, as I could do it in the pool. I couldn’t. Swimming up the beach I was remembering Alex’s programme, swim 100m, take it easy and swim another 100m. So i broke it into strokes, 100 took a rest, 100 etc. It took me forever to get to the other end. Was I enjoying it-not really. Was I giving up. No. We swam back and then the dizziness hit me. Rotten feeling. Must buy myself a pair of earplugs as it might be the cold water. I may also try some sealegs tablets.
I also discovered what chaffing from the wetsuit feels like and I saw my first big jellyfish-swam the long way around him!! I’m feeling a little deflated, as what I thought would be my strongest part of the tri isn’t working out too well for me. I’ll keep you updated on how the earplugs work out. But today is Monday again, and I am taking a well over due rest day. I’ll do some foam rolling later on to ease out the legs. Less than 3 weeks to go! Eeeeek!
So I survived week 1! We had our first Kog10 meeting last Sunday to meet everyone over a coffee for a brief question and answer session with Alex and John. A bit daunting, as it made it real!
On Monday, Alex then emailed my training programme to me, then it really hit! I went into Amphibian king to try on wetsuits for the sea swimming. None felt right around the shoulders so Damian suggested ordering a sleeveless one. So Tuesdays kog10 session in the gym went well, a mix of cardio and core work with specific focus on muscle groups we will be using in the triathlon. Felt good, so myself and Alan went for a 5 k run afterwards, strong run until the last km with a hill. I hate hills – but I kept going.
Wednesday myself and Jess joined forces for our first cycle, we did one lap of the route-not as bad as I expected. Getting used to using cleats and found stopping at roundabouts etc hard.
Thursday we had another kog10 gym session with Alex, a lot of leg work and circuit training. Friday, I did a weights session myself in the gym.
Saturday was our first sea swim, I didn’t like it. I swam competitively as a teenager, but I felt so heavy and weak in the open water. This was going to be tougher than I thought, but Alex was full of great tips. I need to learn to swim straight too…. ended up on shore once or twice! Wetsuit hadn’t arrived yet from amphibian king so the one I had on was a bad fit and didn’t help. I braced the water again on Sunday morning-a lot calmer. Got a few lengths of the cove in, really focusing on looking up every now and again to keep straight. It felt a little better. After some breakfast I did another run session in the sun, legs tired after the week! Body is tired, not used to all this outdoor training. Tough week, but it will hopefully get a little easier bit by bit. Tomorrow is a swim session in the pool, so looking forward to that. great support all around from everyone! 4 weeks and counting!