Day 6, Take 2

Just returned from the pool. I feel great.
In fact, I feel much better than I did tuesday afternoon.

When I’d have to decide for or against swimming after working out in the gym, I’d rather choose to do it. Of course there’s downsides to it, but for me the positive aspects far outweight the negative ones.

You see, when I walked out of the gym I wasn’t motivated to do just about anything else today. I was completely devastated. Obviously, this affected my performance at the pool. But then, on the other hand, it took me exactly 25 minutes net training time to complete the swimming workout (8 minutes warmup, 10 minutes intervals, 7 minutes cooldown), so I guess my speed hasn’t suffered all that much.

Also, most people will agree that endurance is as much a mental thing as a physical. Doing my cardio in an exhausted state might actually help my fortitude. It’s not the total result that counts with endurance (as opposed to strength and/or speed training, where only max results count) but rather the amount of energy you put into the training.

Considering the effect the swimming had on fatigue level – as stated above, I feel completely fresh at the moment -, I’ll put the swimming sessions right after the strength training from now on. Additionally, this allows me to have wednesday as a second OFF day (that is, after teaching two classes from 08:00 – 10:00). That will definately help me with my regeneration.

Having said all that, I really don’t look forward to how I’ll feel tomorrow. Especially since I’ll be walking all over Venice all day after a night at a disco-train.

Now, my updated training program looks like this:

Monday:

  • 15:00 – 16:00 Rope skipping (+1 round every week up to 15)
  • 16:00 – 19:45 Teach a class
  • 20:00 – 21:00 Padwork (+1 round every week up to 15)

Tuesday:

  • 09:30 – 11:30 Strenght training
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Interval swimming (+1 interval every week up to 15)
  • 17:00 – 19:45 Teach a class

Wednesday:

  • 08:00 – 10:00 Teach a class
  • OFF

Thursday:

  • 18:15 – 19:45 Shinergy class OR
  • 20:00 – 21:30 Shinergy[supreme team] prep training (depends on my ankle)

Friday:

  • 09:30 – 11:30 Strength training
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Interval swimming (+1 interval every week up to 15)
  • 19:00 – 21:00 Boxing class

Saturday:

  • 14:00 – 15:00 Rope skipping (+1 round every week up to 15)
  • 15:00 – 17:45 Teach a class
  • 18:00 – 19:00 Padwork (+1 round every week up to 15)

Sunday:

  • OFF

Still, that makes 10 sessions a week. Having just finished week one out of nine, I feel quite positive about this. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

So long,

take care

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