Everything was fine, up until Wednesday.
Then, I fell off a cliff.
Monday, in fact, was my best swim ever, by 2 seconds/100 yards.
Tuesday morning, the ride was hard, but it’s supposed to be hard – it’s a one hour VO2Max workout, and I’ve been increasing the resistance by 0.5% every week for both of my hard rides.
However, I didn’t sleep well the night before, so I put off the run and lifting until that evening.
Got up on Wednesday morning, and went to do my Chris Hughes workout –
3×200 @ 4:30
3×150 @ 3:30
3×100 @ 2:30
3×50 @ 1:30
4×25 @ 1:00
Well, I’ll be – I couldn’t finish the warmup. I had to stop at 250 yards. Then, I had to stop 200 yards later, and do 50 yards by itself to finish the warmup.
I did the kicks and the band work, and then it was time for the 200 yard repeats.
I couldn’t do ’em. I mean, I just couldn’t.
I stopped after 100 yards, worn out. So I did another 100 yards to “finish” that repeat, and then tried again….nope, 100 yards and I was done. So I did another 100 yards, and then took a long rest.
I decided “I’m GOING to do 200 yards this time”. I made it to within about five yards of the last lap, and I HAD TO STAND UP AND TAKE A BREAK BEFORE I COULD FINISH.
So, okay – I rested a bit. Then I tried to do the 150 yard repeat.
Nope. Had to stop after 100 yards.
I gave up. I quit. I went home.
I have no idea what’s wrong. None at all. I was swimming fast, and it felt strong, but after 100 yards I was out of oxygen, and my limbs felt like lead.
I felt miserable that night. The next morning – yesterday – I managed to do my ride – a one-hour sweet spot, with two 20 minute climbs – and it felt fine, but things kept me from getting to the gym, so again, last night, I went to the gym.
I ran easy – felt great! – and my lifting felt strong and it went quick.
So, today, I went back to the pool, to do my new Friday workout – swimming without my Happy Pants, and doing flip turns.
50 yards. That was it. I had to stop.
Tried again. 50 yards. Had to stop.
Kept trying. I made it 100 yards, once – the rest were all 50 yards and stop.
So I did some drills with fins and board and such, and gave up and came home.
SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED. And I don’t know what.
Heck, I don’t even know who to ask, or how to begin to troubleshoot this.