Today I swam 800 meters. I am slowly getting back into the rhythm again. I do like the 50 m long course more than the short. It is easier to count my laps...:). I am going to do my swim workouts on the mornings when this is available.
I have to figure out when to do drills and when to just swim. I know I need drills to help me work on my strength so I think I will do that during the week and shoot for distance on the weekends. This is the same mentality as it is on my run and bike, small faster workouts and intervals during the week and then long training on the weekend.
I enjoy analyzing my workouts.
I will listen to a group of people in the pool or watch others in the lanes next to me. I listen to the terminology, I watch their form, I remember what my friend Cara told me and I try to put that all together to better my swim.
My workout today consisted of 2x200m freestyle and then a 100 meter kickboard lap and finished it up with a 200m freestyle (bilateral) and then a 100 freestyle.
My friends were talking about bilateral breathing so I decided to give it a whirl and what I discovered was that I am more efficient in the water when I do bilateral breathing. I need to work on it, it isn't smooth just yet. My left ear, for whatever reason, tends to fill with water when I breath out my left side. I think I may have to wear earplugs.
I know when my stroke is starting to get comfortable when I catch myself watching my hands go through the water and I can see the bubbles float off the back of my hand. I realized that when I am watching the back of my hand instead of the lane lines, I have a better reach. I think it has something to do with the placement of my head. If I am watching the lane lines my head is down and when I am watching my hands my head is more lifted. I love watching the bubbles off my hand, it is peaceful.
I was curious if I was doing my breathing right so I researched YouTube videos. This one is a great one to show the bilateral breathing technique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v5IHIvnc88
I was happy to see that I was actually doing it like they show in the video. The stroke is comfortable. I am going to practice this breathing on a regular basis.
When looking for that video, I was reminded of the sighting video I watched before my 70.3. I found it and want to work on this as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0-lP3exIfc
This is another reason that keeping my head higher is better. The sighting workout is hard on the neck so I will have to work on this drill as well.
I love YouTube videos. There is so much good information in YouTube videos.
I felt great after my swim. I am not sure if the GU makes a difference but It is something I take before any of my workouts. I certainly get very hungry after swim. It is a test of willpower because I want to eat anything and everything.