I come out of the pool after a hard 3500m swim. A large portion of it with paddles, pull buoy and band. My shoulders, lats and arms are heavy and tired. And all pumped up like I’ve done a big gym session.
The muscles feel swollen and huge. I’m enjoying the feeling of “bigness”. Flexing the muscles as I walk (strut) off the pool deck.
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I get into the changing room and glance at the mirror as I walk past to check out my newly built musculature only to discover that despite feeling like a mini Schwarzenegger I still look like exactly the same skinny little shit I was an hour ago when I went into the pool.
Somewhat deflated I shower, dress and go for a coffee.
And a protein shake…yes a protein shake will sort out the lack of muscle…
Anyway onto the training. It has been pretty consistent since I’ve started back. But in all honesty it’s not that hard to be consistent for, like, five weeks.
Maintaining the same consistency for another seven months will be the real test. I’ve tried to be careful not to get carried away with the training so far (like I usually do in the first month and then implode)
Anyway here’s the numbers for the week. The more observant among you will spot that I ran a marathon on Sunday… This wasn’t really planned but went pretty well regardless.
Monday 22 (1)
Tuesday 23 1:10 (1)
- Swim 1:10 3300m
Wednesday 24 3:20 (2)
- Swim 1:25 4000m
- Bike 1:55 48.5k
Thursday 25 2:15 (2)
- Swim 1:05 3000m
- Run 1:10 11.5k
Friday 26 1:10 (1)
- Swim 1:10 3000m
Sunday 28 3:05 (1)
- Run 3:06:49 42.5k Dublin marathon
- Energy 9/10
- Motivation 9/10
- Work —
- Sleep 8 hours. Good
- Total 11:05 (7)
- Swim 4:50 13300m (4)
- Bike 1:55 48.5k (1)
- Run 4:20 54k (2)
- S&C —
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