First Day of Training

Today was the first day of training as I received my schedule from Coach C last night. The schedule covers the next four weeks and is broken down to regiments for the AM and PM. Most of these portions will take an hour or less so I will get to spend time with my family while still maintaining an active lifestyle that will get me in shape for the Ironman.

So today's first session was a swim. Not just any swim, but 1500 meters. The furthest I have ever swam was 725 so more then doubling the distance was first shocking, but then I figured that if I have to swim 1.2 miles on race day might as well get going now.

So the alarm went off at 4:06am and I got out of bed around 4:20 to have breakfast. Pre workout breakfast consists of toast, orange, coffee and half a protein bar. Off to the gym around 4:50am.

Get there and there is one person in the pool. Did she sleep there?

Anyway, I have to do 1500 meters, but thankfully not all at the same time. It is broken down into warm-ups, drills, main set, sprints and warm down.

I get into it and I realize how much I like it. I like having the structure of a coach and a reason for doing things. Previous swim training was just power through it so that I know I won't drown during the race.

Here is my take on the training session:

I love the buoy pull. This made me work just my upper body but my legs floated as I had a float between my thighs. This makes your legs useless for kicking, but since my previous swimming was just like that the benefit of having them float was huge.

I struggled with the fist stroke. Make a fist and swim through the water. This was so hard b/c you have no speed since your hands are in a ball.

Coach C asked that I take :15 intervals but at one point it was closer to :45 but I'm not upset as that will improve with my stamina for swimming 1500 meters.

I really loved the 4x25 hard as that forced me to keep my head down in the water and be more streamlined so that you actually move faster.


This afternoon I will have a 3 mile easy run, and then this evening I will go to the gym for strength/core work.

My heart rate this morning prior to breakfast was 62 bpm, then after the swim it was 94 bpm and two hours after the swim it was 82 bpm. I plan on taking my heart rate every two hours.
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Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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