- My swim was dreadfully slow;
- My bike was good, but there is still room for improvement;
- My run was great.Basically, his argument is that I have it all back asswards. Most of the burlier athletes he coaches manage to swim faster well before their run gets faster. My swim time on Sunday was actually 2 minutes slower than last year. But my running pace was 1:30 per mile faster than last year.
This improvement in the run, by the way, is why he feels I've still got speed to find on the bike.
In the 5 days since the race, I've realized that the 13 minute improvement over last year is something to be proud of. This race was a great way to cap off my first year, and in the end it only deepened my resolve to compete. And of course you can't discount the overall benefits of the added fitness. But when I'm talking to a coach, we are talking strictly about performance. And he reckons I've got some work to do.
So for the rest of the season, I'll be dropping a run day and adding a pool day. That will mean 4 swims (2 open water, 2 pool) and 2 runs a week. This will take some getting used to, because I really enjoy running. But I might as well give it a shot.
The bike sessions will remain the same, but if I can squeeze out some extra mileage, I'll do it. And I've got to do some more tempo rides as well.
We shall see what happens...