Last week I mentioned that I participated in the Aqua Aerobics/Boot Camp class at my pool as it preceded my swim time and closed the pool for an hour. I have opted to join the class as it does provide a different kind of full body workout and gets me pumped up for my swim afterwards. Last week when I tried the boot camp then ladder swim I was shooting for two one mile ladder sets but I fell short because I ran out of gas, I bonked hard. Last night I was determined to get a set of one mile descending and a mile of ascending ladder sets in after the hour boot camp.
The first thing I had to realize was this would take an hour to finish the boot camp workout and over an hour to do the two miles in ladder format. This means I had to think out the nutrition a bit more to give me more than enough fuel. Like last time I ate a cliff bar before the boot camp and took a gel afterwards. But, this time I also ate a cliff bar after the boot camp class. I was thinking along the lines that the cliff bar would take at least thirty minutes to process and the gel would give close to immediate fuel. That would give me the energy I needed to go for an extra hour to two hours longer.
I started my session with a cliff bar while I got changed and headed to the pool to be yelled into shape for an hour. It was a good cardio and full body workout, but it was very heavy upper body this evening, not a great omen for swimming two miles. I pushed through it and had fun with the group workout. As soon as it was over I took dibs on my lane and sat at the edge of the pool and wolfed down a cliff bar. I wanted to give it a little time to start processing so I took my time. After the bar was consumed I then popped a gel and drank some water. My arms and shoulders were sore from the aqua boot camp, but I felt stoked to start the first mile ladder set.
The swimming felt good and I just focused on breathing and keeping my stroke long with full rotations. Before I knew it I had finished the 500/400/300 and only had 200 and 100 meter swims remaining for the first set. I finished the set and felt good. I took an extra minute to get ready to start the ascending set. Lat time I only finished six hundred meters of this set due to extreme hunger pains and the total feeling of hitting a wall. My calf was cramping a bit so I dropped a Nuun tablet into my water and sipped a bit.
Then off I went to finish the ascending mile ladder. My shoulders felt a bit heavy and sore from the earlier workout. I pushed it aside and just focused on completing the sets. The fueling strategy worked and I finished the last 500 feeling strong and capable. I even felt like I might want to shoot for another mile. But I had been in the pool already for an hour of boot camp and an hour and a half of swimming, it was time to take 2 miles and go home. After my shower, while getting dressed I suddenly was hit by a massive wave of nausea and hunger. It was sudden and unexpected as I was feeling good moments before. I needed food… my body had caught up to me.
I also ended up with a rash on my shoulder where my beard stubble had rubbed my skin raw. Under a mile this was not a problem, over a mile and this became painful. Not sure how to handle that in the future. This is something I will have to figure out, painful but not worth quitting over.
In the end I swam two miles and completed an hour of total body and cardio boot camp in just over two hours and thirty minutes and my nutrition strategy paid off. I think I am getting a handle on what my body requires for fuel. Overall a great swim and workout session. Til next time.
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