Daily Log 20 May 2011 – When you feel that you may be caving in under pressure, remember what your goal is




Yesterday I wrote about the idea of quitting after an extremely bad swimming session. I’ve had some time to think about it and have had some revelations. I am training for my first triathlon which will be held on the 23 July 2011, a little over 60 days from today.

For all intent and purposes I have come very far indeed since I made the decision to embark on this journey nearly 6 months ago.

I’ve learnt to run and have turned myself from a couch potato )who couldn’t run for even a few hundred metres) into someone who runs a minimum of 5 km on a slow day and 10km on an average day. I’ve even run the equivalent of a half marathon (albeit quite slowly).

Although I already knew how to ride a bicycle, I have cycled for nearly 20 years and now I do workouts for an hour on the bike 3 times a week.

I can swim the breaststroke but can’t do the freestyle to save my life and now I regularly swim 30 laps a session 3 times a week.

It was always my goal to be able to complete the sprint triathlon that I have registered for. It wasn’t my intention to break any speed record especially in my first outing in the triathlon.

I think what happened yesterday was that I lose sight of my goal. I tried to build speed into my swimming. Nothing wrong with that except that my form is still very much work in progress and I know it will be work in progress forever. I actually don’t know how to swim fast other than to try to increase the speed of my stroke. When I try to do that my form deteriorates and as a result, I actually go slower.

I was angry at myself last night not because of how slow I was but how terrible my swimming form was. I don’t mind being slow as long as my technique is good. I absolutely believe that speed and power will come in time. So I’ve made some mental changes in my approach. I will go for the triathlon swimming workout at least once a week and my other 2 swimming session will be devoted to building my form. My aim is to be able to swim the 750m in 15 minutes. That gives me about 1 minute per 50m which I know is manageable. I know my swimming coach wants me to swim faster and I will train to swim faster. One bad workout does not make it a complete disaster. At least now I know where I need to focus on.


I did a 50 minute interval workout on the bike trainer today. 90secs hard pedaling followed by 2 minutes recovery slow pedaling and repeat 4 times. This is usually a hard workout for me though today I decided to take it easy I don’t want to push myself too hard in preparation of the Larian Hari Keputeraan Sultan Azlan Shah 2011 7km run which will be held in sunday (2 days away).


I usually do low intensity workouts on the elliptical trainer a few days prior to a race so I ended the day with an hour on the elliptical trainer.

Larian Hari Keputeraan Sultan Azlan Shah 2011 7km run

I feel quite fresh now and am really pumped up for the race. Tomorrow we’ll had to Kuala Kangsar in the morning. I plan get familiar with the race route tomorrow afternoon as part of the race preparation and to decide the running strategy. I need to look at where the hills are and which part of the run is on flat terrain and most importantly, when I can go all out in the race.

My next post, god willing, will be from Kuala Kangsar tomorrow night.

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