Slow and slower

So is it bad that even though I haven’t even completed my first real triathlon, I’m already stressed about the second one?  It’s not that I’m worried about being able to complete it, because I think my fitness is coming along fine.  It’s mostly because it is an open water swim just over a month after Trizou.  Yes, this is my first open water swim and no, I don’t have a wetsuit.  I’m not worried about (more than usual) the swim, I’m worried about getting some open water practice in before the race.  It’s been so cool that I can’t get in the water, and I’m not sure I can afford a full wetsuit at this time.  But wetsuits aren’t exactly something you can borrow.  They have to fit right or it’s like riding a bike that’s too big or too small.

I guess maybe at this point I should focus on Trizou and not worry about it, but if I don’t have something to stress about I’m not happy.  What I need to be stressing about at this point is the fact that my bike leg is so weak.  I have got to spend as much time as possible between now and Trizou riding.  Otherwise it’s going to be a long day.  And right now the weather isn’t helping much with that, either.  Thank goodness for mag trainers.

I swam this morning and felt pretty good.  I swam a little last night with the family and felt short of breath and tired.  I’m glad that didn’t carry over to this morning’s session.  I think now I need to work on getting stronger in the water.  Increasing the cadence of my stroke and the strength of my pull.  I am ok on distance, but I’m slow by design.  I have tried to focus more on technique in these early months since I am new to the sport, but now I think I have the muscle memory down enough to start cranking up the speed a little bit.  Time to start mixing in more sprints and intermediate distances at higher speeds.  I would really like to knock a minute off my pool time in the next month if I can.  But if I’m going to do it, it’s time to get cracking.

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