Sunday 4th August 2013

Workout Soundtrack: Johnny Cash – ‘At Folsom Prison’ (on the way to and from the pool)

20 x 25m 12:05

40s rest

20 x 25m 11:45

40s rest

8 x 25m 5:02

I really, really enjoyed being in the pool today! I focused on staying calm and using measured breathing to complete my lengths. A couple of times I took on a little water or accidentally missed a breath and was also knocked a few times by other swimmers but I figured that is exactly how it will be in open water competition – and then some!

The first time I took on water the first thing that came into my head was something I read in Chrissie Wellington’s autobiography – stay calm, focus and remain positive because there is nothing else you can do about it! Panicking would only serve to make the problem worse and ruin the workout!

I was very pleased with my first 500m and I really wasn’t expecting to swim the second any faster, if anything I was expecting a positive split so when I finished up the second set having gone quite a bit faster that the first I allowed myself a rather large smile, a slap of the water and a barely suppressed “Hell yeah!”.

It was my intention to swim a mile (20x25m x2 + 24x25m) but, in all honesty, my right calf started to cramp up quite badly towards the end of my 8th lap on the last set – I set out on the 9th lap and then my toes started to really hurt too so I had to call it a day. Needless to say, I’ll be heading back to the pool tomorrow to do the full workout – I can’t wait to see if I can negative split the 2nd and 3rd sets!

I’m also very excited as tomorrow lunch time I might get to meet Chrissie Wellington, Kelly Sotherton and Kris Gemmell in Hyde Park!!! This is because the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final is due to be held in London in September and this is a free promotional event. It doesn’t fit in at all with my working day as it begins at 1200hrs, however, I am aiming to race down there on my lunch break which starts at 1300hrs with the hope of at least getting a glimpse!

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