So far I’ve done 2 IRONMAN length swims this season. This is a distance of 4000 meters or 2.4 miles. Back in April it took me 1 hour 18 minutes. Today it took me 1 hour 20 minutes. Swims like those I pretty much have an idea of how I’ll perform heading in. Today’s swim I knew I have been lacking on consistency getting to the pool for my swim workouts so I was expecting a slower swim. The outcome is still respectable as I felt ok with the pace and not exhausted after the swim. Keep in mind on race day there is still 112 miles of biking followed by a marathon to complete.
On the previous 4000 meters straight swim my pre workout fuel was a bagel with peanut butter and banana that may have been a better fuel choice as opposed to the option of cereal and banana today. Still the 2 minute difference could just be the lack of consistency and speed sessions.
Next week is the 10 week countdown to race day in Sweden so I need to try my best to keep the swim sessions at 3 days per week at best. Also I need to start adding some open water swim sessions very soon, maybe even this weekend following my long bike as the weather will be 90 degrees on Sunday. (Don’t forget the sunscreen)
In this photo the chart reveals that 2/3 the way in my stroke count increased as my pace decreased