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What does that mean you might ask yourself.

Well what it means is that my morning swim yesterday was horrendous.  It was not that I didn't do the swim, it is that it was much harder then it should have been.  I felt like I was struggling throughout the entire swim.  I could never get my mojo going.

I will say that it was a stressful day of work on Monday and Tuesday so heading into the swim on Wednesday my mind was focused on the big conference call for that afternoon.  In addition to that I woke up later then I normally would for a swim so I was out of my comfort zone right from the beginning.  Not making excuses b/c these things may happen on race day and I need to learn to cope with and overcome those stresses.

So I tried to put it behind me and not blog about it.  I did not even want to think about the swim and just get through the workday as best I could

I emailed Coach C and she told me that I would have those types of training days and to put the morning behind me and get ready for the evening training ride.  That is exactly what I did.  I set up the trainer in the bedroom and rode my bike while watching the Mets on TV.  It was a great training ride as I did interval training.

I was responsible for doing a 1 hour ride with 5x6min in Z3 followed by 2min recovery.  I did a 10 minute warm-up and then it was time for intervals.  I did 5 intervals with my HR in Z3 with a max of 4.6 an then a cool down of 10 minutes.  It was a great ride and I really pushed myself to ride for the entire 6 minutes with no dead spots and just pushing myself.  One downside to the trainer is that you sweat and you sweat a lot.  As I was putting my bike away I had a pool of sweat in the hill block.  Probably could have filled a 160z glass with all the sweat.

I had decided that I was going to go to the gym and do the strength/core session as well I felt so good.  I made up my mind that I was going to do super-sets as well so that I could get through the session as quickly as possible but also to keep my HR rate.  Every set was 2 excercises.  I did leg curls and extensions, then lateral pull-downs and leg press.  From there jumped over to squats and bench press and kept that up until I was done.  Entire session took 40 minutes.  And the best part is that it was a perfect session.  I had done 15 reps of every excercise including the bench press which had been my downfall for the past two workouts where I would only get 12 reps in the 2nd set.

Went to bed even though my blood was pumping and my excitement for having a great ride and a great lifting session was high.

Woke up this morning before my alarm, which was set for 4:02a, and ready to rock and roll the swim.  Left the house by 4:30am and in the water by 4:45am.  Got through the 500 warm-up by doing 3 sets of 100 and in between 2x100 of drills.  Time to do the main set and there were no doubts in my mind.

Set 1 - 300y with paddles and buoy
Set 2 - 300y with buoy
Set 3 - 300y free
Set 4 - 300y with fins
Cool-Down - 500y

All in all my swim was 2200 yards and when all was done I was fired up that I made up for the poor showing at yesterday morning's swim session.

I got home early enough to spend about 15 minutes with Jackson before he left for daycare today and what will be two weeks away from us while he spends time with his Dad.  It's never an easy day, but it was made easier by knowing that Karen and I are heading out on vacation, it's the last day of work for a while and my training has picked right back up.

Looking forward to setting up for packing and to getting out on the road tonight for my 2 hour ride.
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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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