>Weekly Log 28 March – 3 April 2011

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Me and my swim coach Saiful  

This is how the week went:

This is how this week went.

Monday Swim
Tuesday Run, bike and swim
Wednesday Run and swim
Thursday Bike and swim
Friday Swim
Saturday Swim and run
Sunday Rest

This week was a bit messy for me. I had intended to start getting up early to go for either a run or get on the bike. At this moment, I can’t afford the time in the afternoon to really get a good workout so I have to start getting up earlier. Besides, most of the races I’ve entered are held in the wee hour of the day (apart from the Energizer Night Race).


EQUIPMENT

When I ran on saturday, I wrote about a discrepancy between my iMapMyRun GPS data and my POLAR stride sensor data. The GPS data stated that I ran about 7km (6.93km to be precise) whilst my POLAR stride sensor recorded 5.92km. This is something that’s been nagging my mind lately and I would need to calibrate the stride sensor. The only way I can do that is to find a known distance and run that distance with the stride sensor. Finding a known distance is going to be a pain. The best way is to find a 400m track. Maybe I’l go hunting at the schools where I live.

SWIMMING

My swimming is getting better and I am gaining more confidence now. I have to do all sorts of drills during my time in the pool. It also serves as a great workout for me. I used to dread swimming laps and the thought of swimming 15 laps to complete 750m used to be daunting. When I do my drills, I am able to switch off in a manner of speaking. Before I know it I would have done 20 or 30 laps in the pool. Saiful, my swim coach, has given me new drills to do which is harder than any of the drills I’ve been doing so far. I can’t complain as I know the drills are helping me swim better and faster.

BIKE

I didn’t really get a chance to bike this week. OK. I’ll take that back. I haven’t bothered with my bike this week preferring instead to focus on swimming and running. I know this is not the way so I’ll have to be more disciplined and start getting the distances on the bike, on the road preferably or the trainer if I must.

RUNNING

Running is, well, running. I know I’m getting faster. How fast I’m not so sure. Because of the calibration issue, I can’t really trust the distances recorded or the speed. And I’ve been running on the road a lot more lately rather than my usual run in the park near where I live. Tomorrow morning I’m going to run my usual laps and see how much faster I have become.

I wrote about a bit of pain I had on my right foot on wednesday and had decided to lay of the running for a few days. When I ran on saturday everything felt fine and hopefully it’ll stay that way.

I have to focus more on the bike this week and will make sure I get at least 3 workouts on the bike. Swimming is still a priority for me and I intend to swim every night.

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