Yesterday’s turbo set was hard. Very intense for 20 minutes and highest HR of the year on a bike. I’d imagine once I get outside I will be able to achieve a higher HR but still – the message I’m trying to get across is that it was tough.
Despite that fact I feel 100% today. I’m able to absorb these sessions no problem now. 3 months ago they were limited to 40 minutes and I was not recovering for a couple of days. So, I need to change things up.
I had stretched them out to 60 to 70 minutes in the hope that it would do the trick but it isn’t. I have to have a think about it and decide on a plan. When performance gains stop it’s time to try something different.
I hit the pool today for the first time in 12 days. I had no plan when I jumped in and it ended up being simple: swim for 4,2km non stop. Pretty easy too. I wanted to get a measure of my all day pace. Thongh I’m not impressed or excited with what that pace is – 1:43/100m – I have a benchmark now and can work towards improving it. For Stockholm Aquathlon I believe this is the most important number to target. If I’m to run a half marathon after swimming 5km I believe the swim shouldn’t be hard: All day pace + a little race day excitement should be the best way to get the best run (and overall time?). This too has to be planned.