This would be my first heavy training week after my easy rest week but it was surprised by the reasonably easy programs I was given.
I woke up late on Monday and I felt like I needed a rest day. However, I realised that if I had to swim about 30km this week it would be a good idea to do at least something so I followed a SWOD. The focus point of this training was breathing which is definitely something I need to work on.
It was nice to follow a SWOD. I don’t do that much because it usually doesn’t quite fit in with the amount I have to swim every week, but occasionally following a training at SwimGym really gives me a boost. It’s funny because you have all these big, muscular guys who you’d expect to go in front but with the warming up it’s soon clear that the young, little girl that I am in comparison should be leading hehe.
I got some great tips considering breathing, if you breath out a little before taking your big breath you release some of the tension on your lungs. Also my push-phase could use some improvement and I already felt like it helped me.
Tuesday I was just doing my own program; Marcel still hadn’t sent the schedule. After a while the guy swimming in my lane started to talking to me: ‘Wow, you’re really fast!’ This wasn’t the first time someone had said that to me. I thanked him and explained that I had worked really hard to get to this point: ‘I train about five times a week haha’
That naturally led to a conversation about my Channel Swim. He asked me many questions and people are usually quite impressed when they hear about it so that’s pretty cool! I also gave him some tips and we both went back to training. It’s really nice to strike up a conversation at the pool now and then. 🙂
I finally got my schedule: 35km overall starting Wednesday. This is how my week was:
Wednesday – swimming 8km, psychologist, piano, tutoring, movie night and sleepover with a friend.
Thursday (rest day) – sleeping in, some quality time, working till 2:30am.
Friday – doctor’s appointment, brainstorming for my room, swimming 7km.
Saturday – painting my room, swimming 3,5km, working till 3:30am.
Sunday – only 6 hours of sleep (because of summertime), buying and picking up my new bed, painting my room, swimming 8km, some more quality time.
So yeah it was a pretty busy couple of days. I also can’t believe that I managed to swim for nearly three hours the day after having worked till so late haha. I guess I must be stronger than I think. 🙂 What’s also great is that I managed to reach all the target times.Twice I had to swim either 4x(10x50m) or 30x50m both having a target time of 45 seconds and I managed to get them both times(one of them was on Sunday so a real feat)!
Yes, some of the trainings were tiring, but I’m very proud of myself that I managed to swim 35km this week even with all the extra stuff. It’s nice that I still have time to see the people I like and love. It’s a great distraction and I’m glad I can combine it. Swimming is my priority of course but it would be horrible if I was closed off to the world and it was all I would do.
I’ve completely lost my sense of time when it comes to swimming. Twenty minutes sometimes feel like two hours and two hours sometimes feel like twenty minutes. I swim at random times, morning, midday and evening that I forget what time of day it is when I get out of the pool. When it’s morning it could just as well be evening and when it’s evening it could just as well be morning. Only once I’m dressed and out in open air again I have my sense of time back.
I guess that’s just one of those things now. It can be quite peaceful, I mean you’re really just focused on the here and now then.
I’ve also just gotten my program for next week. To be honest, I was slightly disappointed because I though Marcel was taking it easy on me. I take those words back completely! My program for next week is very intense. But you’ll read about that next week! 😉
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.