Friday is usually my long swim day, so I decided to jump in the local pool and thrash out a few KM. It felt nice and I happily swam 2.8k, just deciding to call it a day when the pool started to get busy. I had a bit of cramping going on, due to pushing off the pool wall but it didn’t effect my swim, although I was a tad slow.
What I was happy about was the run I did after. I spent about 2.5 doing resistance training and as I had a bit of time to wait before my next appointment decided to do my daily run in the gym. I told myself I wasn’t going to run fast, as I have a habit of pushing hard on the treadmill, and I didn’t want to risk an injury at this stage.
So, I restricted myself to 10kph and 1% incline for the first 1km, but felt so good I whacked it up to 11, 12, 13 and eventually 14.5kph, with an incline of 2.5%. I could see my reflection in the mirror, I had a huge smile across my face and was running like an African, loose and easy, almost gliding along … it felt fantastic, I felt fantastic and I ended up doing my fastest training run for over 3 years.
I did feel a bit sorry for the guy next running to me as I’m pretty sure he got splashed by the sweat flying of my elbows as my arms pumped up and down. But the runners high lasted for a long time and I still feel super positive and confident. I don’t know how I’ll manage in my ironman as there is a multitude of different factors that can effect performance on the day, but I do know I’m getting back to a decent level of performance, which bodes well for my Boston qualifying push over the next 12 months.