I just came back from vacation. One day of rest (Sunday) and I can already get started again on an intense program. Let’s start with Monday:
100x50m with each set of 10x50m a different focus point and to top it off 800m accelerating the last 200m. I know what you think: it sounds like a lot but if you all count it up it’s 7km. Oh wait, that is a lot. 😉
It’s excellent preparation for the 100x100m this Sunday though. Mentally this is quite exhausting because of the repetition but breaking it up into sets of ten helps. It wasn’t too intense, just a little boring hehe. I was quite surprised I did so well with just one rest day after that tough week. Maybe I’m just pushing myself through till after the 100x100m test?
Tuesday and Wednesday I didn’t have to swim. Butt…. I have my special support back! 😀 So, sweetheart, to you I want to say thank you so much for all your support! You motivate me and you really help me to pull through this in a way that only you can do. I love you! 🙂
Thursday was also a pretty repetitive training: 16x200m, every set of 4x200m slightly different. Then Friday only 4km. Yeah I don’t have much to say about these trainings haha. They just came and went.
Saturday I had a warming up of 1km then a 5km endurance test and then a cooling down of 1km. I think I didn’t eat and sleep and rest too well just before swimming this. So as expected the result didn’t really please me: 1:21:40. I guess I still find it hard to shut my mind off and to focus on swimming. There are always thoughts floating around in my mind, or I just get bored by the repetitiveness of it.
Sunday Test Day
The 100x100meters test would start at 17:30. I was pretty nervous.. I mean the 5km test from Saturday didn’t go too well and I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to stay constant with my pace. With me I had two water bottles with sports drink and a lunchbox filled with slices of banana. Marcel had said that I would be swimming in the 1:50 lane.
Let me explain that: you get 1 minute and 50 seconds to swim every 100m (it was a 50m pool so it’s only two lanes at a time). If you swim that in 1:35 you get 15 seconds of rest before starting the next 100m and so on until you’ve done that 100 times. I takes about three hours.
When I got there Marcel was like: yeah you’re just going to try 1:40 and if you feel like you can’t keep up you can switch to 1:50. Hahahahahahah fuuuuuckk…. Two of the people in that lane are also going to swim the English Channel this summer. They’re already so much faster and further in their training than I am so I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up. ‘If I make it to 50 I’ll make it to 100’ I told myself.
And then we were off. I thought it best to be the last in the lane and I realised that I could actually keep up pretty well! After the first one I thought: ‘I can keep this up 99 more times! 🙂
Every set of 10x100m I drank or ate. At around 50 you don’t really feel like it anymore. At least make it to 60 then. But if I make it to 60 I’ll make it to 70 and then I’ll make it 80. I can’t not finish once I’m at 80. And like that I finished the 100x100m at 1:40! 🙂 I also gradually moved up the row of people. Eventually I swam third of five.
I was pretty constant with my time. It really helps to follow other people and to not have to set your own pace. We swam about 1:24 each 100m, only the last 10 I fell back a little to 1:28. But still, I swam everything faster than 4km/hour! I was so proud of myself! I had not only pleasantly surprised myself, but also my dad (who had come with me to support and accompany me) and my coach Marcel. 🙂
There was also a 19-year-old swimming girl swimming in the same lane who’s also going to cross the English Channel: Kyra Wijnkers. I met her in December at the training in Katwijk but I was doing terrible then so I wasn’t too in the mood to chat with her. This time it was a lot more fun and friendly. We’re the first two Dutch women to cross the English Channel in over ten years! Worthy of a photo together. 😉
A perfect end to a tough couple of months. Things are really looking up and I’m getting more confident, I increasingly have more faith in myself and I keep on rediscovering how far I’ve come. It feels good to be rewarded like this for all my hard work and I will only get further and better! 🙂
I am a nineteen-year-old girl from Baambrugge, a tiny village near Amsterdam, with big ambitions. I like to set big goals for myself, I like to explore my own boundaries and see if I can expand them.