Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Did my muscles die?!

You know that feeling when your muscles simply cannot withstand the pressure you're putting on them?  They're screaming at you "Hey, slow down!  Take it easy!  Back off!"  You're pushing on, but they simply are not responding with the gusto you think they should have.  Much like kids when given vegetables. 

I'm used to that at the end of a grueling workout, in a race, or at any point in the day prior to a much needed rest day; not ive minutes into a workout.

It's been roughly 6 months.  

That's how long I've gone without swimming.  As of yesterday, I broke that streak and hopped in the pool for what I hoped would be an easy 1500.  Ha!  The first two laps might have been.  After that, it was a struggle and a steep downhill on Form Ave.  Let's not even talk about attempts to open water sight! 

I swear I used to be a swimmer; four miles a day, 6 days a week, 10 months a year.  But apparently 6 months out of the pool erases that progress.  Ugh!!  I was hoping for something better, but it is what it is.  I foresee a lot of pool hours in my near future if I want to keep my swim as my best leg of the race.

On the bright side, I'll sleep much better now with swimming back on the schedule!!


1.  What is the longest you've gone without a workout in one of your main disciplines?
I ran all winter, but I took 3 months off of cycling and 6 off of swimming.  Next year I might alter that a bit.

2. If you're a triathlete, which is your weakest discipline? 
Swimming has always been my best while running has vastly improved.  However, with today's swim outlook and my calf injury, the bike may close the gap this year.

Dream.  Believe.  Achieve. 


Michael said...

I am terrible about saying I'm going to keep swimming over the winter and then totally not swimming for a few months. The swim for me is the hardest just because of the time commitment of getting to a gym, changing clothes, etc it's a pain in the ass! But I always regret it when I have totally lost my endurance - again...maybe this will be the year I stick with it.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I took the winter off from swimming, it is also techinically my strongest discipline, followed by the bike, I suck at running