Thursday 26th September 2013

Workout Soundtrack: Iron Horse – ‘Fade to Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute to Metallica’ (on the way to the pool and on the way back)

50m warm-up (freestyle)

40×25 19:48 (PB/PR) (freestyle)

100m warm-down (freestyle/breaststroke/freestyle/breaststroke)

Another fine day in the pool! Not a person to be seen in the fast lanes during my entire 1km effort. I was in a chipper mood when I arrived at the pool anyhow, thanks to the sounds of Iron Horse and their awesome bluegrass take on Metallica – I have their Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses and Black Sabbath covers albums too so I’m looking forward to getting around to listening to those! Along with bluegrass putting me in a wonderful mood I had also been listening to Canned Heat and The Doors this morning – the Woodstock vibe never fails to make me feel groovy 🙂

So, on to my swim. I felt really sluggish for the first 20 or so laps and I didn’t do my usual half way watch check in case I found that I was massively under performing! Instead, I just carried on and as the laps went by my pace seemed to increase and the weight I was feeling in my arms began to dissipate and by the time I got to lap 36 I felt like I did at the beginning of yesterday’s swim. It’s so wonderful to feel like you’re gliding through the water without too much effort and I tried to go as fast as I possibly could for the last 3 laps – I’m glad I decided to put in the hard effort too because I managed to come in with a 3 second personal best for my pool based 1km which I set only ten days ago!

I got out of the pool and felt pretty tired but very happy with my lone PR swim – I managed to set my previous PR thanks to racing a mystery swimmer who happened to be in the pool at the time so I believe I’m making headway with my swimming ability! I went up to the sauna after I’d dried off my swim cap and goggles but found that it wasn’t really that hot at all – I only stayed in for ten minutes and then headed over the steam room. I decided to spend only ten minutes in there doing some fairly fast pacing and I’m glad I didn’t even think about staying longer before I went in – after about 9 minutes of pacing in there I began to feel ravenously hungry and really, really tired! Take it from me, yawning in a hot steam room is an odd experience!

That’s all for today folks. I’m now going to take myself back to my groovy Woodstock vibe and prepare a curry for my evening meal whilst listening to Jefferson Airplane! I’ll be posting an update about my preparation for the Pisa Marathon later today or tomorrow – I’m making some adjustments to training and goals in light of my L3 injury.

Peace & Blessings x

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