Sunday, August 15, 2010

Panther's Tri Club Swim Squad

I woke up yesterday half expecting to feel in immense pain from the previous days spin class, but lo & behold no pain was to be felt. Not even a little bit of tightness or discomfort anywhere. I am extremely impressed in how my body held up and this has given me a renewed sense of motivation. It's not that I had lost any of my "mojo" but I was wondering if this new activity would make me aware - and not in a good way - of what level of fitness I was at. I am happy with how I am progressing in the leg strength department and feel the massive benefits of my weight training, swimming, cycling and physio exercises. I am not going to pretend that it hasn't been a long slow arduous journey especially in the running department and it's extended hiatus, but I can finally see some really good progress being made.

I especially feel this strength in the pool, even though I felt strong before I am now able to maintain those harder longer sets with much more ease. My kick stays fairly consistent throughout which is great when my arms start to fatigue. The Tri Club "Panthers Triathlon Club"that I am a member of held a squad session at the local pools with TopNotch Performance & Health Coaching. What a great session, I learnt drills I had never learnt before and found out that with all of the people that had turned up I was the fastest girl there. That's not to say that that is how it is, maybe the fastest girl didn't turn up but for that hour and a half I wore the badge of honour. Quite a humbling and slightly embarrassing experience as I was asked to perform a couple of the drills to show the other squad members.

This was the session we had:
  • 300m Fr/s Warm up
  • 3 x 100m no arm Fr/s kick with fins
  • 3 x 100m one arm Rock n' Roll with fins
  • 6 x 50m Fr/s counting arm strokes - 30, 29, 28, 28, 30, 31
  • 10 x 100m Fr/s on 1:45. I did them all on 1:20
What a great afternoon. This will be held for free for the next 3 Saturdays and I look forward to attending all the sessions and learning as much as I can. They will also hopefully be holding other sort of sessions such as a swim session directly followed by a bike ride or track session. Sounds like fun.


  1. I always find when I train with a group, I train harder. Enjoy!

  2. RockStarTri: Your right. I especially train harder when I am against the guys. Love the competition, that's what I get for having older brothers.

  3. Woohoo for being the fastest girl there! That's awesome!

  4. Aimee: Yeah, it felt kind of good. I'm sure there are others that could "whoop my behind"


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