While I try to help dispense my basic modest wisdom to everyone else on the board to help advance their Chi-running skills, I guess it is now my turn to seek great wisdom from everyone here about water sports training in general.
I was introduced to swimming by my physio about a year and a half ago due to an ankle injury I suffered by going too fast and too soon with Chi-running. Years I’ve been water phobic—I hate the pool, lake and was afraid of being in a boat. After all failed attempts at learning the Red Cross swimming ways, I paid to attend the Total Immersion course and from then on pretty changed my life towards water in general. Today, people called me a water baby or an advanced attack nuclear submarine! I’m not a fast swimmer, but I can hold my own distance wise. Last year, I’ve been experimenting with long distance swimming and see how it complements or improve my running base. So far, I could do up to 3600m for close to 2 hrs and 50min continously (is this way too excessive for a workout?!?). I don’t feel too tired after that, but maybe pleasantly fatigued. My core is a bit sore, but nothing to worry about. I’ve also been experimenting with Aqua Running as well, but I use this only as an interval workout up to 30mins. I run 3-4 times a week and swim after runs to relieve the soreness, but also removed one of my land interval workouts and replaced it with 1 Aqua running workout of a similar intensity. I did a 10k after I came back from Australia (basically that’s what I did—swim in the ocean and do long runs and aqua jog) and got a PR. I’ve been chasing that PR for like 8 months as my coach said that I could do, but got it on a whim with a bit of a jet lag and still, a good 10k PR.
Which got me thinking.. Aqua running and swimming could actually replace one or 2 of my running interval workouts plus a long swim of 2 to 3 hrs could replace 1 of my 20 miler long run?!? Does this make sense?
This is a total new thing, but my Ti freestyle swimming feels very effortless now at a HR that’s like lower than running at gear 1. And besides, doing water sports in a heated pool beats running outside in a frigid frosty cold weather..
Anyhow, any hints and training tips you have would be greatly appreciated!!
All the best!