With my first sprint triathlon coming up this Sunday I’ve been trying to expand my training from the usual pavement pounding runs, to include swimming and bike riding. The swimming’s been going ok and I’ve managed to get in the pool quite a bit over the last few weeks.
When you’re tri training AND you have a young family, it’s hard to fit in all this running, swimming and biking! I’ve learnt that there’s never a perfect time to go to the pool or go out for a bike ride and if i’m going to do anything at all, then I have to fit it in when I can. So last Friday I got straight off the train from London and jumped in to the swimming pool right next to the station, before going home. Then yesterday, instead of sitting at my desk in my lunch beak, I Googled the nearest pool and nipped out for what turned out to be a really refreshing lunchtime swim. Only 25 minutes of swimming but enough to to swim 20 lengths of the pool and be bullied by the guys in the ‘fast’ lane!
Having read a bit about swimming recently I had a few things I was concentrating on in the pool:
– Bi-lateral breathing, that is, alternating the side on which I take my breaths
– Reaching as far forward as I can with each stroke and really pulling myself through the water
– Trying to do each length in as few a strokes as possible
Then last night I took my bike round to my good friend Tim’s house as he is a bike genie! My gears weren’t working and I am a novice when it comes to bikes, so he fixed it – something about a front derailleur! He kindly explained to me everything he was doing but I have to admit, I’ve now completely forgotten what he said!
With a newly fixed bike I then had no excuses to ride to work, so set off with trepidation. It’s 8.5 miles from my doorstep to my desk which, in itself isn’t too bad, however this involves a long section on the A31 which is an accident hotspot and a very busy road – those lorries show no mercy to cyclists!
Wednesday night running club with Purbeck Runners – some hill repeats or a speed session I expect