For the past few posts my mind is not on tri (as evident by some of the posts). With the new year, I figure it is time to get back in the game.
I will start off with a video from the Swim Clinic I went two months ago.
The top left corner is a video taken at March last year (click here). A huge improvement. I kick less and have more forward movement.
i) Left hand flicker - need to work on.
ii) I breathe better with my left than my right (I thought the opposite). Look at the clip at 20 second mark. When I breathe, I stick my head up and over to the right side (remark, rollling over the centre of gravity). For every action there is a reaction. My body will react by moving to the left and I have to force my body back to the right. A lot of wiggling and I slow down
iii) The small video shows there is a delay before I catch. Not anymore. My arm rotation has improved.
This morning, I hit the pool since two weeks. Just did a few drill sets. The pool I normally go to is closed until next week. No excuse, I will go to other pools. Need to get the swim volume back up.
I am still waiting for the order of the Spinervals. Anxoiusly waiting. This Sat, I plan on meeting up with a few friends to jog for 30 min or so. Then head home, ride on the trainer for 3 hrs. And see how I feel and go for another run.
My butt is getting use to riding on the saddle. Hmm... :)
This I have been doing a lot. I could feel the runner inside of me coming out. I love base training. Nice and easy. I am still hunting for a battery for my HRM. To keep my HR down, I walk up all the hills and sing songs (if you can call it singing). I run everyday since Sun. Wed and Thurs did an hour and 30.
I notice when I train, my hygiene and self-image takes the back seat. This ain't to say I don't shower or brush my teeth. It's just that, I care less how I look.
Yesterday after a run, I showered and headed straight to Prayer night. I didn't bother wearing socks. I would bush my teeth after I do my morning training. I would get up, train, stretch, shower, brush teeth....I sure have my priorities straight :).
I listen to two interviews from The Competitor Radio Show. One is Faris Al-Sultan and the other is Chris McCormack. Faris have a very loose race strategy. He just go as hard as he can off the start. He does not use a HRM and even tape his powertap. Chris, on the other hand, is more calculating. He will look at the competition, guage the situation and assess how fast each racer will go and adjust accordingly.
This is what I love about sports. Different strategies. One is a number cruncher and one is not. One will base his race on the competition and one will go all out regardless. Not one strategy is necessary better. We just have to find one that suit us. This gets back to knowing ourselves.
Friday is here...got a lot of work to do before heading home :) Can't wait till the weekend.