|Empty beaches again, at least during the week.|
So let's just say that I'm getting ready for the off season in abesntia. I'm excited it's coming, I just can't go there yet.
My plan will be to take a break in October. My body needs it, and I'm going to get kicked out of the house if I don't finish the living room remodel. And then it's a late fall and early winter of running and swimming, with a weekly group ride thrown in for fun.
My eagerness to work on my swimming has been enhanced this by the addition of this puppy to the equipment arsenal:
|Tyr Pull Buoy|
Buying the pull buoy may be the best $7.00 I've ever spent. My coach took a video of me swimming and I was horrified by what I saw. My body was moving side to side like a water moccasin and every time I turned to breath my head was coming WAY out of the water. I had no idea.
Then I tried the pull buoy. Keeping that thing between my legs forces me to use my core more and keeps my body better aligned. And now that I've seen what my head is doing, I am super conscious about NOT using my leading arm to push my head out of the water before I start my pull. And I'm also focused on using body roll as much as possible to come out for air. I wouldn't call it a breakthrough just yet, but it may be the start of one. There is no doubt that I'll be using the buoy for thousands of yards in the next few months.
|Dana Point Turkey Trot Start|
In February Hawaii training starts in earnest. The race is June 4th, so I'll have to start a training plan right after the Surf City Half Marathon. There's also a couple of cool local sprint races in the spring that I'll do as part of training.
What do you you guys have planned?