Sprint triathlon training week 4 day 6 – STC swim and weekly summary

Last training day of the week and the decision was between a parkrun or STC swim. The latter was the chosen activity as I’d missed it for a few weeks.

The session was coached by Kathy and was very good. However, I can’t really tell you how I did quantitatively as when I went to turn on my Garmin, it gave a long beep and wouldn’t come to life. It appears that trying to charge it from a PC that’s not turned on isn’t the cleverest way! Darn!

Having said that, it was nice to not have to worry about starting and stopping the watch after every set. Would have oved to have had a SwimTag to fall back on. Never mind.

The session consisted of several soon-forgotten sets. I know we started with a warm up of 300m of which some was with a pull-buoy. We did some single arm sets, some rotation drills and some kick drills (awful as ever!)

The other set I recall was a 400m effort. This wasn’t done at race pace but a comfortably fast pace. I stroke counted for 4 or 5 of the lengths (between 22 and 24). Fortunately, Julian was wearing his Garmin so at the end of the set, as I had been in his tail, I asked what he’d done it in. 7:43. BOOM!

Another great swim session with Southampton Tri Club. Taking part in their regular sessions has really transformed by swim performances from having been on a plateau. I know that I have a long way to go but I’m confident that with STC swim sessions 2-3 times a week, I’ll improve my efficiency and speed over the coming months.

Another good week of training which consisted of:

MondaySTC swim

Tuesday23km ride and LRR Mile event

WednesdaySTC long swim session

Thursdaycycle to and from Run Camp

Fridaylong run

Saturday – STC SWIM (this post)

Sunday – rest day

Meanwhile, things are definitely improving weight-wise:

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and that’s largely due to tight calorie tracking with MyFitnessPal. I was 12st 12.9lbs last Saturday and 12st 9.1lbs today; a loss of over 3lbs without really trying:

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I’m not eating anything different but just counting every calorie and doing all I can to stick to my daily target.

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