In Training: My swim had a good progress test on Thursday morning with a 2,000 meter time trial. I had done a 2k for time 5 weeks prior and came out with a 28:03. The 28:03 was done with some drafting in the lane and teamwork. On Thursday, I swam the same distance without drafting in 26:38. That's a pretty huge improvement in just a few weeks.
I have not had a consistent period of time where I have trained heavily as a swimmer since probably 2003, so the fact that I have been swimming consistently for the past six weeks has been paying off. I am able to swim VERY easily for a 1:25/100m, and could make a set of 10 x 100's on the 1:25 send off with ease. This would have been difficult a few weeks ago.
Total hours were WAY down this week in preparation for a few bigger volume weeks leading into Ironman Texas.
In Life: It was my first full week of coaching with the Riptide Swim Team. I was brought on as a coach a few weeks back, and I am having a great time with the kids. I am also having Aiden swim on the team and have him swimming three days per week after school. We had our swim-a-thon on Saturday and had many of the swimmers total their lengths at 200. That's 5,000 meters.
Aiden (who is 6) did 2,800 meters in total and blew me away. Words can NOT describe how proud I am of him. I honestly just wanted to hug that kid for hours after he finished.
Being a parent is tough sometimes, but it is becoming more rewarding by the minute. I have said this before, but before we had Aiden, my dad told me one thing. He told me that "I will never have known that I could love something/someone that much." He was right, and it's pretty amazing.
Weekly Totals: Week #10 - By the Numbers - Week of March 6
Swim: 20,125 yds - 12.28 miles
Bike: 152 miles - 6:27 Trainer work
Run: 14.3 miles
Total TSS: 931.7
Hours: 12:25 (moving/working time only)
Days Off: 0