First day of the week and I have already put in a full day of workouts. Early this morning I got up and threw myself into the freezing pool water at the gym, later in the evening I got my fist interval set for the week completed. Overall not a bad training day. While it was a Monday and the beginning of a new week and Sunday was an off day, my body felt exhausted as I went to bed last night. Of course some of that might have been due to the giant ice bath my gym pool has become.
The gym I am a member of has had constant difficulty with the hot tub and pool over the past several months. The last two months alone they have had difficulties with balancing chlorine levels, the hot tub has broken several times and the pool dehumidifier has broken. The latest incident involved the pool heater going on the fritz. For the past couple of days the pool has had a morning temperature hovering around 70. I now know why the low 70’s in triathlon is wet suit legal, it is very cold.
Yesterday I was not to be deterred by subarctic pool temperatures so I hopped right in and got to work. Initially it was difficult to put my body and then head into the water. Breathing felt a bit more labored and my shaved head felt all the pool’s icy water. The smart thing to do would have been to put on a swim cap, but I just happened to forget it. It took forever for my body to get acclimated and warmed up enough to not feel the effects of the water. Everyone in the swimming area kept joking about swimming faster just to get done and get out of the crazy cold water. I managed to swim a 400 in 8:50 minutes, which was a personal best so maybe there was some truth to the joking.
The only good to come from the pool’s temperature came later when I finished running, I had a nice ice bath ready for me. Til next time.