As you guys read this post, I hope you can think about the following questions and answer them in the comment section below:
1) Do you guys track your practices? How do you track them, the old fashioned way or with an app?
2) Where do you find your swim practices? Do you have a coach or another method?
3) How much yardage and at what intensity do you swim? Does it vary during different phases of the triathlon season?
4) What do you do with your workouts at the end of a season? Do you analyze them to build your next season?
5) What is it that you remember most fondly when it is all said and done?
I’m really glad I tracked my practices because it has served me well as a coach, but mostly I’m glad I tracked them because of the memories of my teammates and friends that come back to me when I look at them. In the end, it isn’t the times so much as the experience that I treasure. If I can help someone have a positive swimming experience I’m honoring the experience that I had.
So without further ado, here is my version of #throwbackthursday. It is from an early season Thursday practice (9/25/03) from Northwestern, where we WaterBloggers met as teammates. In the morning we lifted weights at the stadium – usually I rode my bike or ran there (wow! like a mini tri!). Sometimes we’d run to the stadium as a team. The practice that afternoon was short course yards.
The only thing special about this practice is that it was so early in the season, we hadn’t yet divided into our separate training groups: sprint/middle distance & Stroke (IM)/Distance, which means we all did pretty much the same workout.
Also, with it being so early in the season (literally the second day of classes) we were doing very drill-centric practices and low intensity aerobic work to build our aerobic base and focus on technique.
You’ll notice there are no intervals on this practice – probably because it was so early in the season. This was always a tough part of the season for me mentally because I love sprinting 😉 You can see where I was doing 250s instead of 300s due to an injury and my heart rate was 160 for those.
Being the total swim nerd that I am, I also have the original practice as my coach wrote it (in a shoe box). One interesting thing about this practice is that we had the option of doing the last 800 pull or swim. I chose to pull it because you almost never get to pull IM, so that would have been a rare treat. I would have substituted backstroke for the butterfly.