>Weekly Log 21 – 27 March 2011


Before and after   

This is how this week went.

Monday Rest
Tuesday Run
Wednesday Run and Swim
Thursday Bike and Swim
Friday Bike and Swim
Saturday Run and Swim
Sunday Bike and Run

I sometimes get into fits of panic whenever I come across issues in my workouts.

When I’m not running well, I panic.

When I’m not swimming well, I panic.

When I’m not cycling well, I panic.

When I panic I go into a flurry of activity trying to resolve the issues. Panicking is a reaction to when things are not in our control. I have to keep a cool head and not allow the panic to have negative impact to my emotions and confidence as well as my thinking of how to resolve things.

Last week it was swimming. I was getting worried about the awful state of my swimming. Luckily I kept a cool enough head to chunk things down and work on the issues instead of just stumbling in the dark. Leonardo Da Vinci once said that ‘He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast’. Chunking things down is an art and a science. I did my research and found out that there are a lot of small little details to pay attention to in swimming and now cycling.

This week’s reason for panicking is cycling. I decided to take my bike out for a spin on sunday. I am experiencing stress whenever I take my bike out on the road and you can read about it in the Daily Log for that workout. I don’t seem to be able to generate any pace on the bike at all. I know that my training philosophy this year is not pace but endurance, endurance being the ability to sustain a certain pace for an extended period of time. I think I’m getting an incredibly slow pace for my bicycle. At this rate it’ll take me at least an hour to finish the 20km cycling stage of a sprint triathlon. I’d like to be able to complete in at least half that time.

Cycling, like swimming, is an extremely technical discipline (running too for that matter- in fact they all are). Saddle height, legs position, angles, arm resting position- all of these play a role in the bike. At the moment I seem to be using too much brute strength and not being smart about it. I’ve been looking around for cycling coaches but can’t seem to find any so I have to rely on the internet and youtube. POSE Method has some good videos and there’s lots of resources out there. My main priority at the moment is to get my bike fit correctly. There are a few places in KL that does it and I think I’ll be paying them a visit soon. The only thing that is bothering me is that they seem to be doing it conventionally and not the POSE way which I favour. Maybe I’ll write to them to get some help.

Swimming has also been a priority for me and I’ve been doing a lot of swimming this week. I have a of of issues on swimming and I’ve spent a lot of time doing drills in the pool every night this week. I think it’s paying off but I have to wait for comments and feedback from my swimming coach.

This week I have a new training partner, the POLAR RS 800, and I put my old (ish- it’s only 6 months old) POLAR FT 60 to rest.

This week is also significant because I achieved my biggest target to date which is to lose 20kg and I am officially below 100kg for the first time in years. It’s a great validation of all the work I’ve done over the last 6 months. I feel great (and look great too). I can start wearing smaller clothes (I’ve gone from a XXX Large to a Large size t-shirt) and have started to wear stuff that’s been in the closet for years.

This week is all about swimming and biking technique again. I want to be able to swim 750m straight and bike for an hour. Those are my 4 weeks target.

Let’s see what happens.

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