Thursday, 23 May 2013

Triathlon Training and the Pool

Today is my only day off this week. So what do I have planned? A two-a-day to make sure I get my training done. I am starting my morning off with a tempo run and then hitting the pool this evening for 1.5km swim.

Me and the Pool have become Besties. My fingers are prune-y, my hair always smells a little bit like chlorine, and I am training in the water 1-2x a week. And I gotta admit I kind of love it!

Baby Krysten Kicking it at the Beach
I have always been a bit of a water-baby at heart. I grew up on the Lake Erie and spent many summers lost among the waves and I swam competitively throughout high school. So I am no stranger to the water, but it has been a long time since I trained this way. So it has been nice to get back in the pool and I can already feel myself getting stronger.

Swimming is where I feel the strongest. I can push hard, but because of the lack of gravity in the water it is a lot easier on the ticker. I often feel like I could just keep swimming. I feel weightless, free, and healthy. I leave feeling happy...and always hungry!

Some of you have been asking for the specifics of my Pool Training Plan, so here it is...

My Pool Routine:
40 min. Lower Body Lengths 
**I use a flutter board to keep my upper body stationary**
1.5km Swim (60 lengths in a 25m pool)

My 40 minutes in the pool is then followed by a targeted Lower Body Strength Training Session.

Lower Body Routine:
**Do circuit 2x - trying to build to 3x**
20 Squats
20 Toppling Tree (10 each side)
20 Single-Leg Squats (10 each side)
20 Walking Lunges

It is a tough workout! Or tough for me anyways! Both the pool and strength training routine focus on improving lower body and core strength - the power source for my runs. Plus the water offers great resistance training. My endurance has improved dramatically in the last few weeks, and I am feeling stronger everyday. We are getting there!

Have your ever used the pool to train? Are you a water lover or hater?

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