After my indoor triathlon last week, my next scheduled session with coach was on Thursday. However since I only swam 10 minutes during the tri, I knew I needed a little more work on my strokes. So I got up early Tuesday morning and swam, and even managed to get on the treadmill for 15 minutes afterwards! I felt like a rockstar!
The good feelings continued onto Thursday when I was with my coach again. At the end of our workout he had me swim 50 and counted my strokes. Remember, two weeks ago I was super struggling. It didn’t matter what I did, I would have 20-22 strokes per 25 yards. Somehow…..My first 25 was 16 strokes, and my second 25 was 15 strokes! I found the sweet spot. I put it all together! I was on cloud nine.
And then there was Sunday….the Y mentioned on Facebook that they were hosting an extreme workout, 60 minute swim, 90 minute spin, 60 minute sculpt, one event for $5, two or all three events for $10. I was pumped! I signed up for the swim and the spin, but skipped the sculpt since I was teaching in the afternoon Sunday. I showed up at the Y ready to swim at 5 am.
And realized that we were doing an actual swim workout. Not a work on strokes session like I’ve been doing. Of course everyone else who was there are actual triathletes. It was all well and good at first. Until I realized my stroke count was back in the 20s. I was tired, and trying to move my arms more to keep up, which was only making me more tired. So I slowed down. We were supposed to do a 25 backstroke to work on kick, and then swim back, instead I used my kick board for 50.
The spin was also a learning curve. The instructor said our hamstrings should be activated, I could only feel it in my quads. It was a good workout for me to have, because it showed me that I still have a long ways to go.
The good news is, I did it all on Sunday, which meant that Tuesday I could have a day off! I love rest days!
Have you had a workout that humbled you lately? Did you love it? (or hate it)?