Friday, August 27, 2010

My Least Favorite Workout

I know you all have one.

You know what I am talking about ... the workout that shows up on your training plan and you groan when you read it. Then, when the actual workout rolls around you have to give yourself a pep talk before you start the workout.

For me, that workout is pace work in the pool.

Confession time.

I HATE swimming fast.

There, I said it ... I feel better.

I was not a "swimmer" growing up and while I have come a l-o-n-g way in the pool, I still prefer running fast to swimming fast, mostly because when running I have an endless supply of oxygen.

Well into my first week of the taper, my hours are decreasing but the intensity of my shorter workouts has ramped up and I found myself swimming hard and fast this week which also means I was often gasping for breath and fighting the urge to breather while streamlining off the wall.

What do I like about swimming?

I love what swimming does for my arms and back and I really do enjoy a good swim. I love feeling fast - at least for the first set of the first 50 yards!

I have to a admit that swimming "fast" (for me at least) has made me, surprise, suprise, a faster swimmer.

So, what's your least favorite workout and what benefit do you get from it, despite loathing (is that too strong a word?) the workout itself?

Just over 2 weeks to Cedar Point!

5 comments:

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

My least favorite workout is actually swimming interval work too. I'm just not a fast swimmer and I always get so frustrated with myself when I have to do this. Ughh!

Kristin (Triathlon Dreams) said...

Mine is Running Intervals!! LOL!! UGH!! I cannot figure out why I cannot be a faster runner!! My swimming and biking is there!!

Jennifer said...

Track speed workouts are killer for me, it's probably more the feeling of being a hampster in a cage, round and round, fast then slow...

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

I'm with ya... intervals in the pool hurt. Every Tuesday morning at master's is when I do them and they suck. But I am getting faster too so gotta keep it up!

Hey Anne, which LBS did you get your Felt at? I am thinking new bike and am between a B14 and a Trek Speed Concept 7.0. I've rode the B16 at a place in the Woodlands and it felt awesome but they are having trouble getting the 2011 models in stock? Thanks

Joel said...

Intervals or fartlek are my enemy. Swimming intervals are a close second.

You're so close to taper time! Enjoy!