Thursday, 21 June 2018

Thursday - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (off 1 minute) (deep water running)

My beloved Thursday pyramid session returned today with an extra 5 minute effort right in the middle. Much nicer conditions this morning, although the water was a bit dirty in patches following the downpour over the last three days. A bit cooler in the water as well. At least the 15 lengths after the deep water running were much more pleasurable without a massive amount of sidechop. Sleep in tomorrow!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Wednesday - 90 minutes steady (deep water running)

Slightly better conditions this morning, although the current within Manly Cove was crazy this morning - pulling me very quickly towards the southern corner. Nothing else to exciting to report, other than another session ticked off. Won’t be long now!

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Tuesday - 2 sets of 6 x 2:30 minutes (off 30”) (2 mins between sets) (deep water running)

I’m not sure whether you’d call that dedication or stupidity this morning. I’d like to think that it was the former, while I’m sure others will argue it was the latter (yes, the latter did cross my mind as well more than once this morning). I didn’t think the conditions could’ve been worse than yesterday - so then Tuesday decided it would outdo Monday by throwing in some rain and intermittent electrical activity. The latter ensured that I delayed the session by about 5 minutes, but once out in the water, it was really only my head that was exposed to the elements - the water once again remaining warmer than usual. Although the wind chop does impact the quality of the session somewhat, I simply did my best to focus and push through it. That I did, grinding through the two and a half minute efforts - all 12 of them! Felt good, just like yesterday. Then it was time for 15 horrible lengths in sidechop, a bit of lightning, pouring rain, and everything else that you could imagine to make my session hell! Glad to get through it in the end, and looking at the forecast, that’s supposed to be the worst of it. Got the heater cranked up and am rugged up to the max now!

Monday, 18 June 2018

Monday - 3 sets of 7 x 90 seconds (off 30”) (2 mins between sets) (deep water running)

Absolutely horrible conditions out there this morning - windy and choppy out there in Manly Cove, although the plus sign was the southwesterly winds meant the water temperature was slightly warmer. Quite a big session this morning, and as always, it was all about pacing. Tricky conditions meant that I was trying to avoid taking and swallowing too much water from the chop (yes, it was that bad)! But other than that, I felt great and powered through the session. Then came the horrible 15 lengths of the sharknets - the odds were ok, the evens were straight into the side chop. To make matters worse, my googles kept fogging up, meaning I pretty much had to stop at the end of each lap to clear them. As always, glad to stuck it out and got through it. Rugged up now with the heaters cranked up!

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Sunday - 2 hours (deep water running)

Two long hours treading water in a cool but stunning Manly Cove this morning, the highlight being seeing and shouting out to Ben and Justin while they were on their morning run. As usual, I managed to witness the ferries dock and leave every half an hour or so. Held a fairly consistent level of effort, pretty much identical to last Sunday. Six weeks down!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Saturday - 8 x 5 minutes (off 1 minute), 5 x 45 seconds (off 15 seconds) (deep water running)

Another Saturday, another massive session. Same as last week, with the addition of some 45 second efforts at the end. The length of the session itself makes it more akin to a threshold session - doing 44 minutes worth of efforts will do that. It’s all about pacing, making sure not to go out too hard too early on. Another absolutely stunning morning - no wind, not a cloud in the sky, although cold - both in and out of the water. My face actually felt numb once I started the 15 lengths post deep water running. Today marks exactly six weeks since my injury, and the symptoms have improved markedly since. Looking forward to an easy test run sometime in the next few days.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Thursday - 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1 (off 1 minute) (deep water running)

Once again, another glorious morning - although the water is starting to cool down after an unseasonably warm spell. Same session as the previous two Thursday’s, so I knew what I was in for. Shorter with a slightly more generous recovery between efforts allows me to push the efforts even harder. Very happy to see that I maxed out my heart rate at 174 bpm today - didn’t know that was possible when deep water running. Finished off as usual with 15 lengths. Rest day tomorrow!