Thursday, 24 May 2018
The last of the sessions that has not been progressed since I’ve started this deep water running program (that changes next week). Another stunning morning out there, the water sneaking up 0.6 of a degree to 18.5. I enjoy this session, as it’s a battle to get to the fourth effort, but after that it’s psychologically brilliant as each effort becomes shorter. Did the usual B&B swim after, bumping into Macca right at the end. Looking forward to a sleep in tomorrow, I actually need it this week!
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
The amazing spell of fantastic weather continues, waking up to a balmy 15 degrees this morning. The water temperature is slowly creeping down though. Got out there this morning for an hour-and-a-half of steady and continuous deep water running. Always glad to get that mid week medium long session done!
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
A very mild morning (for this of the year) with not a breath of wind nor a cloud in the sky. The only complaint is that the water temperature has crept below 18 degrees, and I’m starting to notice it (although after a rep or two I’m well and truly acclimatised). Tuesday’s and Saturday’s sessions appear to be the toughest - today’s due to its tiny amount of rest between reps. As always, I grinded through it - only getting one lone board paddler asking me if I was ok halfway through the eighth and final rep (I was breathing pretty heavy by this stage). Finished just before 7am, joining the B&B for a slow lap to Shelly Beach and back.
Monday, 21 May 2018
Slightly warmer out of the water this morning, but slightly cooler in. This is probably my favourite session of the week - short, sharp and intense. Felt good (once I warmed up) and was really able to go hard. Finished just before 7am, plenty of time for a lap with the B&B. Great way to start the week!
Sunday, 20 May 2018
A much nicer day compared to last Sunday’s two hour set. Left home well before sunrise in a quite chilly 9 degrees. Got out past the essentially non-existent surf break and got straight into it at 6:23am. Spent the first hour going north, ending up just in front of The Steyne. Turned around and ended up getting back to Manly LSC in 40 minutes. Doing my maths, I figured another 12 minutes heading north again followed by the final 8 minutes heading back to the start should ensure a fairly accurate finish line outside the surf club. Once again, the two hours didn’t seem too bad. I was pretty frozen by the time I was done though, those southwesterly winds this time of year are not the friendliest. I think I went through a whole month’s worth of hot water bills when I got home and into the shower. At least my dexterity has returned to allow me to write this blog post!
Saturday, 19 May 2018
Back for the dreaded Saturday session - this time with an extra rep! I was up even earlier given that I wanted to be done by 7am so I could join the B&B, meaning I started the session at 6:20am (sunrise was 6:43am). Saw two stingrays on my way out, surprising given that I couldn’t see too much else given the time of morning. Picked a landmark (this time it was a high rise at the northern end of Freshwater beach) and counted to the magic 300 for each of the five minute reps. In all honesty, it wasn’t as mentally draining as I had anticipated. Finished right on 7am before joining a big bunch for the swim to Shelly and back. Saw some incredible marine life thanks to a cloudless sky and my goggles that no longer fog up every twenty seconds. Even the dolphins were out!
The exact same session as last Thursday, so at least I knew what I was up against. Felt good and was able to really hit the intensity in all the efforts, including the dreaded 4 minuter! Returning down to the final minute is always a nice feeling. Joined the B&B for a swim to Shelly Beach and return. I must thank Nicola for the recommendation of washing my goggles with liquid soap - no more fogging up!