Not Quite

Tonight’s workout was scheduled for a one hour swim.  My goal was to swim a total of about 2500 yards, with a main set of 750 yards without a rest.  Not quite.

I did a 30 minute strength workout this morning before work, since the pool doesn’t open until 7.  That pushed the swim to this evening.  Fortunately, the pool cleared out earlier than usual, and I was able to start swimming by about 8:00.  My warmup sets of 2 x 100, 1 x 150, and 300 went fine, and I felt like I was settling into a good, steady rhythm as I started my long set?

The hotel pool I’m using this week is only 15 yards long, so there are a lot of turns in a 750 yard set.  After the first 10 laps of the main set, I started to feel some cramping in my feet as I pushed off the wall.  I was able to work it out for a while by doing mostly pulls (no kicking), and thought I’d be able to keep going.  When I hit the turn at lap 17 and pushed off the wall, my left leg cramped so badly that I couldn’t straighten it out.  Fortunately the water was shallow enough that I could stand up and work out the cramp, but as soon as I sank back into the water to restart the lap, the cramp hit hard again.  I kept thinking of all those stories of Ironman competitors who ran through the cramps, or endured some other debilitating pain.  But then I thought, “How embarrassing would it be to drown in a 3 foot deep hotel pool?”. Needless to say, I called it a night.

I think I can count on one hand the number of workouts I have failed to finish.  Tonight’s was one of them.  It was especially disappointing because I have already missed one strength workout this week, and am trying to figure out where to fit it back into a week filled with two a day workouts.  I can’t really afford to miss the swim work, so I will likely need to ditch the strength workout and add in another swim.  But first I need to address the two most likely culprits causing the cramping… Lack of stretching and dehydration.  I’m notorious for not stretching, and I guzzled coffee all day with far too little water.  Both are within my control, and if that’s all it takes to avoid another “not quite” workout, it’s a small price to pay.

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2 Responses to Not Quite

  1. elisariva says:

    Don’t be discouraged. Cramps are the worst in the pool. You are taking the corrective measures and that is what matters. Hope it works out better in the pool next time. You are a saint to swim in such a short pool.

  2. Leg cramps are HORRIBLE while swimming. And they definitely aren’t just to new swimmers.. I still get them. Stretch, ice, foam roll, do whatever you can to try and avoid them in the future! They are so frustrating!

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