After the 10k on Sunday I could have used some rest but I had promised Joel that I would do the hour postal swim so on monday morning I went to the pool early to set up for the swim. For anyone who has not done the one hour postal, it is a really cool challenge and a good early season test of where your aerobic base is at. Joel and Yuta and I had been talking about strategies and stuff so I was kind of excited to give it a go.
I set out very slow and even, keeping my stroke rate low and letting a rhythm establish itself. I kept track of the 500 splits by watching the clock for the first 2000 and then when it looked like I was on pace to swim just over 5000 I popped my head up at the 30 minute mark to make sure I was right on 2500. I was so I stopped tracking splits, turned off my brain and just focused on maintaining the same feeling and same effort level on each lap. Starting out comfortable ended up making a big difference in the last 10 minutes and I descended the last several 500's. I swam one lap over 5000 yds which was my goal, so I was very happy about that.
I worked monday night though and I was toast the rest of the week so I have been taking it easy and the next two weeks will be the big push to get fast for Alcatraz...3 weeks from today.
Swim 11,400 yds
Bike 8.25 hrs
Run 14 mi