Another Maintenance Run

Today I was fortunate to get another 9 mile run in. Fortunate because yesterday I left the house for the school run on a typical grey winter day and by the time I arrived at school two inches of snow had fallen. Suffice to say that I was not cycling anywhere in such weather so I had to be sure to get a good swim in that night and a good, long run in today.

Map

I appear to have found my groove, running at around 5.5 mph – hardly athletic prowess but I have never been a particularly strong runner. Cycling comes easiest to me and swimming is easy for me to push in terms of distance. With running I have hit a plateau here, between 9 and 11 miles so when I get to my weekly long run I want to push through the half marathon distance next. It is now a matter of mental strength more than anything.

Lessons Learned in the Pool

Tonight I furthered my maximum distance in the pool thus far to 3500 metres. I am very proud of myself, however tonight I learned a valuable lesson. Never eat a spicy meal before a swim. I had so much trapped wind by the time I had finished that I felt as though one of the chestbursters from the Alien films was about to explode out of me.

Data

3,500 m • 1:12:50 • 2:05 min/100 m • 28.8 100m/hour •

Source: 3500 metres of farty, burpy swimming

Still, we all live and learn as time goes by and I didn’t feel a thing until I got out of the pool. When I arrived home I downed some bicarbonate of soda to take care of my colic-y ailment and I found myself regretting that I finished this swim with only 3 minutes of pool time to spare. Had I had an extra ten minutes or so then I would have pushed on to 4000 metres and broken through the distance required to complete the swimming leg of an Iron Man triathlon, some 2.4 miles.

Still, there’s always next time. I’ll nail it then.