Swimming and Running, The Quick Workouts

Today’s plan called for a swim workout and a 20 minute run. Now I don’t do the swim workouts as prescribed simply because I swim slowly down and back then gasp for breath until I am ready to go again. So my only plan for workouts is to do 800 m as quickly as I can, which today was 22 minutes and that was actually 3 minutes faster than I have ever done 800 meters. I did make 2 small changes. 1. I purchased new goggles which were a huge improvement. A much better fit and not a single drop of leakage. 2. I swam in a swim cap for the first time since I did the Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon in 2007. That was a stranger feeling. I felt like there was added buoyancy to my head. It was like a bobber on an anchor, but it was an interesting feeling. I don’t know if it made a real difference in the swim, but it definitely made a psychological difference.

Once I finished the swim, I changed and went upstairs for 20 minutes on the treadmill, which ends up being 25 because the treadmill adds 5 minutes to cool down I ran at 6.5 miles per hour for the full twenty minutes and feel really good. I do wish I had a better understanding of how the Heart Rate works. I averaged around 150 bpm for the run and it felt pretty easy. At the same heart rate on my bicycle trainer, I feel like I am sprinting and won’t have much left. A similar effort on the trainer has me averaging around 130 bpm. Same at the very top end, I can run a pretty hard sprint and hit a maximum heart rate of 185 and actually hold it for 30 seconds, where if I hit 180 on my bike outside or 170 on the trainer, I feel like I am going to pass out. If someone knows why that is, please let me know.

Tomorrow the plan is for another swim and 1 hour on the treadmill. Also means I have to bump up the alarm clock to 3:30 so I can make it to work on time.