Buoyancy WOW!

What an exciting day for training!  I had a really good treadmill workout, followed by a good swim and a surprise when I got home.  First things first, I did a 45 minute run on the treadmill today and just over 4.5 miles.  Starting with a 10 minute warm-up at a 10-minute mile pace, I knew I was going to have a good day.  It’s hard to believe that when I started training this season in January I could barely run for 10 minutes at a time at a 4.5 mph pace!  I’ve made progress, and I’m hoping I only continue to get stronger and faster.  Anyways, continuing on with my run today, I did 4 sets of intervals alternating 3 minutes at an increased pace and 3 minutes rest at 10-minute mile pace.  The four faster intervals, I did at 6.5 mph, 6.7 mph, 7.0 mph, and 7.2 mph (about 8:20 minute mile pace).  I finished up with a cool down at decreasing speeds for the last 11 minutes.  After running I headed for the showers to rinse off before swimming.

Swimming was awesome.  I decided to try out my new wetsuit and see how it is in the water.  I put it on at the pool’s edge so that I wouldn’t overheat in the locker room.  It takes 5-10 minutes to get on, so I”m sure that I got more than my fair share of funny looks from other swimmers.  A guy got in at the other end of my lane and swam down to me to ask if I was going to swim in “that”.  I felt like saying that I was only putting it on for kicks and giggles, but thought better of it and just gave him the ok to swim in the lane with me.  I swam 50 yards (the pool I usually swim at is a 25 meter pool, but this one is only 25 yards) to get the feel of it and needed to do a little adjusting.  I swam a 300 yard freestyle warm-up, and whoa, was I ever warmed-up!  The wetsuit is definitely going to serve its purpose in keeping me warm during my tri’s.  I made a few more adjustments so the arms would be a little less snug in the shoulder after the 300 before continuing with my workout.  I did two more 3o0 yard sets to warm-up and then got to the main set of 10×50 yard sprints.  WOW!  The extra buoyancy from the wetsuit made me feel like I was flying through the water.  I’m pretty sure it increased my speed by keeping my body more streamlined.  The only downside was that it does wear on the arms a bit more than swimming without.  I definitely felt like I got a good strength workout on my arms just from wearing it.  I suppose that could be partially attributed to positioning?  I’ll have to do some more experimenting.  Anyways, I finished up with another 300 yard freestyle to cool-down.

I almost forgot to mention that I bought some Luna bars today at the grocery store and I tried the “Toasted Nuts ‘n Cranberry” as my pre-workout snack.  I liked the taste quite a lot, and I had plenty of energy for my workout.  So, it’s an A in my book for now.  I was inspired to buy them after reading about them on Susan‘s blog.  I didn’t realize that they are made by Clif!

I’m sure you’ve all been waiting to hear what my surprise was…my heart rate monitor came!  I’m so excited!  Sorry, I know that probably wasn’t as great as expected, but I can’t wait to start training with it.  I’m spending the rest of the evening figuring out how to work it.  🙂


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  1. #1 by Susan on April 11, 2009 - 9:11 am

    Congrats on your running progress!!! That’s an amazing speed improvement! I’m trying to get my speed up too, but it’s been going slow.

    Glad to hear you liked the Luna bar 🙂

    • #2 by Kristin on April 14, 2009 - 12:05 am

      Thanks, Susan! The speed increases were slow for me too. I’m finally starting to see some real changes and the hard work is paying off! Keep it up you are doing great!

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