Swam 2 hours 43 minutes yesterday morning. Just under 10 km I estimate. It felt great!
No breakfast before (which has been my habit for years), and no food breaks during the swim. My slow-fuel system is dialed in, though I felt the energy drop on the last 40 minutes which was anticipated. Now I can plan some mid-swim fueling and work out my plan for going over 3 hours toward my interest in the 12 km mark.
Last Monday the conditions were too good to pass up so I did 2 hrs 34 minutes passing up my last record by 30 minutes. Today I intended only to go 2.05 again, but I was feeling good, the water was sweet, and I had enough time because my first swim lesson for the day canceled. So I just kept going.
I realized something the other day as I asked myself why I don’t race very much, yet I train so consistently, so deliberately but without external pressures pushing me along- I LOVE practice! I train to be ready for OPPORTUNITIES, not deadlines. And on these last 2 Mondays I found an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up on each day. I compromised no training plan or deadlines by taking them, because taking the opportunities in what the water, weather, and my body present to me today IS my training plan.