I had to get home and turn on my iTunes right away this morning... I just needed a new song in my head. For the past several hours I've been caught in "Elmo's Song" Hell and just have not been able to shake the 'La la la la, La la la la, Elmo's Song'... The perils of having a toddler who is obsessed with Elmo are endless, aren't they?
Anyway, like posted on FB, I got pelted with sideways rain while riding this AM... had to have been the worst weather I've ridden through all year... and I swear to you the Elmo's Song in my head was the absolute worst part.
Moving on! Nalani and I had a great swim workout this morning... I'll share it here because I actually poached it from Gordo. It's his Matrix 100's set and it goes like this:
24 x 100's- We defined T-pace as the fastest pace we can hold for an ALL OUT timed 500.
1 @ T-pace +15
1 @ T-pace +10
1 @ T-pace + 5
1 @ T-pace
2 @ T-pace +15
2 @ T-pace +10
2 @ T-pace + 5
2 @ T-pace
3 @ T-pace +15
3 @ T-pace +10
3 @ T-pace + 5
3 @ T-pace
Turns out it wasn't nearly as hard to do the math to figure out the intervals as we thought it would be, and it was a really nice mix of hard swimming and recovery. The first 4 go by really fast, then you get to recover a little, but you don't really need the recovery quite yet... after the 2 x 100's @ t-pace that come after 1000M, you need those 3 easy ones, then you build the pace again and by the last 3 you're killing yourself to get to the wall in time to turn around and GO again. But to hit T-pace at the end of a 2400M set (at the end of a 4000M workout) made me feel pretty satisfied this morning. This was definitely one of those workouts that I had a little rational fear of, but we nailed it and it wasn't nearly as hard as we thought it would be. But still hard enough... :)
Ok, so I need your advice here on this one... please chime in with your thoughts...
Nalani and I swim pretty consistently every M-W-F morning at 7:00. We're almost always doing some good solid workout that is specific to the race we're training for... we mix up sprints with threshold with easy with drills and pulling and kicking and you get the picture. I spend a lot of time coming up with these workouts and as Nalani is one of my athletes I make sure that all the details are there for her. She knows the workout ahead of time of course because I send it to her, and we try not to waste any time at all once we get started. The pool doors open at 7:00 and we're changed and in the water at 7:02 and working on getting as many meters in as we can until I have to get out and get home to Moana so Scott can go to work. All this is just to set the scene for you...
So lately there's this guy who has figured out our schedule and now shows up at the pool at the same time as us and always asks what we're doing. It didn't bother me at first when he was coming once a week or so and wanted to jump in, but now it's every time. So I find myself trying to explain the set to him (which can be complicated- see above) which takes time and then since his pace is a bit slower than ours- he can't actually make our intervals if we're doing threshold stuff- I find the coach in me trying to adjust the intervals for him and give him suggestions on how he might change up the set so he can get the most out of it... Do you see where I'm going with this? Essentially, I am coaching this guy. He knows that I am actually a coach and running a little business here, yet apparently does not have any issue with obtaining my services for free. Of course, I have been offering them up, though admittedly only because he asks... I'm not sure if I'm just being a petty bitch about this (I really don't want to be a petty bitch!) or if I have a genuine right to not tell him our workouts? Really, how could I possibly not tell him our workout when he's right there and asking what we're doing?? It's really no skin off my back because we're doing what we're doing anyway and we don't adjust our own intervals so he can make them... though I will admit that the extra few minutes I spend explaining sets to him causes me to be late coming home some mornings... GAH! I hate this dilemma. He's a nice enough guy- I do not have anything against him personally. And if I had not started this business and was just making up swim workouts off the cuff like I used to do, I don't think I would have a problem with this. I'm so non-confrontational (I bet you didn't know that about me, did you?) so I'm not really comfortable with directly confronting him and telling him to make up his own damn workouts or start paying me for mine, though that's what I'm thinking.
Am I being a petty bitch?