Archive for the ‘swimming’ Category

Taper weekend

Tweet One week before the Half Ironman and it’s time to taper! I will write more detailed pre-race report at the end of next week, today just a short review of the taper weekend. At this point in the training I need to make sure I’m not overtrained and ready to crush the race. Looking […]

1-hour swim

Tweet This morning, after I arrived at the pool at 6:04am, I found out that it’s closed. Apparently a power outage caused problems with a pump and they were not letting anybody swim. Fortunately MIT has a second pool building on the other side of the campus and I went there instead. There were no […]

Mashpee super swim: 1 year later

Tweet Yesterday I swam the Mashpee Super Swim 1 mile race for the second time. 2015 result:  25:11 2016 result: 29:34 Looks like a major WTF situation. I’ve spend all 52 weeks between the races doing master swimming program 1-2 times per week. I have progressed from “struggling on lane 4” to “leading line 4”. […]

Charles river 1 mile swim and Ashland Olympic Triathlon

Tweet This weekend I had back-to-back races, first time in my life. I didn’t really planned to do it. The main reason is the Charles River swim. I consider it a “bucket list” race, because its fun to swim in the river on the banks of which you’ve done hundreds of runs. Last year I […]

Aerobic cycling training

Tweet Yesterday and today I had to dial down on training again. Most probable reason – almost 3 hour ride with intensity factor of 0.86 on Sunday. Two days later I was not able to keep 80% of FTP for more than 15 minutes. To be honest “sweet spot” intervals are still hit and miss […]

Spinning intervals

Tweet Recently I noticed a major difference between a running training program and a cycling one. It is a number of quality interval sessions per week. For a marathon training you usually do one. May be a tempo-run as a second one. In a cycling program you do 3-4 per week minimum.  Apparently absence of impact stress […]

Weekly program for the next training cycle

Tweet This is the weekly program I’m going to try for the next training cycle: Monday: Strength in the morning, Track workout in the evening Tuesday: Indoor spinning with Trainerroad in the evening. Wednesday: Masters swimming in the morning, midweek run in the evening Thursday: Indoor spinning with Trainerroad in the morning. Friday: Masters swimming […]

It’s official: overtraning!

Tweet Ok, this time there are just two many signs of the overtraining: In the middle of the rest week HRV is slowly dropping Resting HR is slowly increasing During yesterday’s 6 recovery miles the performance was still OK (heart rate and pace), but this morning the legs actually feel beaten, not recovered Weight is about […]

Burned out during the swim

Tweet Today is supposed to be a rest day. Swimming in the morning  and 5 miles recovery jog in the evening. In the morning I  got burned out during the masters swimming workout. For about 40 min I was leading my lane with some moderately difficult IM-style intervals, some of them 300-yard long. And then the […]


Tweet Apparently 100×100 is some kind of New Year swimming tradition. I guess a nice way to kick off a year. It means 100 times 100 yards in the pool. The ideal interval is, of course, 100 seconds, which makes i6 “100×100 on 100”. Every year there is such event in one of the Harvard pools […]