Monday morning I swam 6km. It was after that I got my program for the week (sorry I sort of lied last week..)
So for this week: 34 km including a training of 6km, 10km and 11km. I had already swum 6km so I needed to add a kilometer to one of the programs so I would only have to swim four days instead of five this week. Naturally I added it to the 6km training, the others were already tough enough haha..
I went to the pool Wednesday morning 5x1km every 17 minutes (plus 10x100m easy). The lanes were very full though and I’m glad the coaches there pulled me towards the personal training lane. I shared a lane with one other person so we could just swim by side which meant I wouldn’t have to overtake anyone. It’s very exhausting, especially when the slower people aren’t very considerate… So of course I was very grateful for that! 🙂
The first kilometer I swam in 14 minutes and 35 seconds. That’s 4.12km/hour! The other kilometers were slightly slower. I always use up most of my energy for the first one. Oops. My times were still pretty good: 14:51, 14:55, 14:54, 14:52. All faster than 4km/hour (average 4.03km/hour). So yes I’m quite proud and I really am improving! 🙂
Thursday I swam the 10km. This quite boring: 5x(4x400m (different speeds every 400m)) after every set of 4x400m 200m arms/legs. It’s quite a lot of the same and it seems to take forever. Just before I started one of the coaches asked me how I was doing: ‘Fine,’ I said, ‘I just have to swim 10km today haha.’ He wished me luck and off I went. When I came out of the pool three hours later he gave me a high five for completing fucking 10km. Not many people do that. 😉
I had to work on Friday and last minute again for a couple of hours on Saturday. Then Sunday, a distance and time I’d swim for the first time: 11km. Ooh scary!
It wasn’t busy at all. I mean who swims on Easter Sunday. There were also no SWOD’s that day so I had plenty of space and time to swim. After a nice Easter breakfast with the family of course!
So this is what I did: 3 series of 8x200m every 3:45 (that’s plenty of time and the focus was technique) + 6x150m with paddles (they make it heavier for your arms) + 4x100m every 1:25 (pace of 14:10/km, 4,24km/hour), after one series 300m recovery (backstroke for me).
I thought it was quite a heavy training. It’s much of the same, it takes long. You just see other people come and go while you just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. If you take it in chunks it’s quite doable but altogether it’s quite long. I also wasn’t able to swim the 100m within the time limit, when I put on flippers I did manage it.
One of the coaches there seemed to pretty impressed too: ‘How can you swim for so long? I respect it.’ I have been building up towards it, though. I’ve been training hard for a very long time and you just get used to it. It almost seems normal that I swim for so many hours on end, that I swim so many kilometers in one training. Nevertheless I still seem to amaze and impress people and that feels good and motivating. I’m very lucky to have support like this. 🙂
Well, that was my very tough week. I actually got through it pretty okay! I wonder what’s in store next..
P.S. Happy Easter everyone! 🙂
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.