Sunday, May 17, 2015

Preparing for a 4.4 Mile Open Water Swim

At the beginning of May, I had an “oh shit” moment when I realized that I was competing in the 4.4 mile Greater Chesapeake Bay swim in 6 weeks, but I hadn’t been swimming more than 5 or 6 times in the past 2 months.

I hadn’t been completely sedentary through March and April, but I only got to the pool once every other week, maybe ran 3 to 5 miles once a week on a treadmill, and sporadically lifted weights and did yoga. Occasionally, I’d warm up on my bike, fixed to a trainer in my basement, but that was about it.

Not terrible, but definitely not good enough for competition preparation.

The past 2 weeks, I’ve upped my training:

  • Swimming: 3,000 yards, 3 times per week, but hoping to increase yardage. Didn’t want to increase yardage too quickly and damage my shoulders
  • Cycling: 2 times a week – once on the road, so far, and the rest in spin class
  • Running: only 1 treadmill run per week so far, but hoping to increase to twice a week trail runs
  • Weights: 3 times per week, including stretch bands to strengthen the minor muscles and tendons to prepare for a long swim
  • Yoga: only 1 time per week so far, but would like to increase to 3 times per week.

What has been instrumental in my training the past 2 weeks is my recovery drink:
I mix these all together in a shaker with some water. The cacao powder adds some flavor, but it’s a little bitter. Might taste better with a drop of stevia or mixing it with milk instead of water.

So far, I have been feeling a little tired, but not sore or completely fatigued.

I’m still experimenting with nutrition.

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