Paweł ChalacisPaweł Chalacis

Those first months of any activity, when you feel stronger and stronger almost on hourly basis are most rewarding thing for beginners. What’s hard is to notice real progress week to week after that initial burst. You just go with your program, adding that small distance or extra weight, but it’s usually difficult to spot the difference. But today I’m truly powerful!

This week begun with nice steady state / tempo cycle to work in the morning, followed by V-Core class at local gym (abs killing, but slow BPM, 30 minutes long session). Don’t know if it was training or something in the air, but I was hungry for the whole day, and I had oatmeal for breakfast, chicken / pasta salad for lunch, handful of walnuts, fish / avocado / spinach salad, skinny coffee, and some fruits. Damn, do I eat too much?

Anyway, I've just started week four of my swim training program, which is: 600m, 300m, 4 x 100m, 4 x 50m. Since VA swimming pool is only 18 meters long, I went with 34 lengths, 16 lengths, 4 x 6 lengths, 4 x 4 lengths, which is 1620 meters. Time was slow and I had 2 additional breaks, but long story short - that’s the longest distance I've ever swum. You can actually see all my breaks between laps only by looking at my BPM. I like that doesn't take long to recover.

You can also see that I’ve caught few red lights on my bike. I just hate when I have to stop from nice pace to zero only because I've missed green light.

After swimming I jumped on my bike. Ok, let me rephrase that: I've dried up, changed into cycling clothes, packed my stuff and then, jumped on my bike :p. Despite strong wind I've killed my way back home, which took 34 minutes instead of usual 40. Now I’m drinking my recovery shake (whey, creatine, mix of carbohydrates, and almond milk) and browse through training data.

Interval run tomorrow. Yay!