This week I have been continuing on my progress in and out of the pool. Weights and core resistance work in the gym and then lots of hypoxic exercises in the pool. Hypoxic exercises in the context of swimming training involves lots of breath holding and having to swim whilst doing so. It can be really tough at times but by using my powerbreathe I’m starting to already feel my breathing muscles becoming stronger. I’m putting these amazing early gains down to the twice a day every day routine and the added fact that because I train at elite level my body has learnt to adapt/ recover to fitness and strength training faster and faster as time goes by. It’s meant that I’ve been able to hold my breath longer and longer whilst feeling slightly more in control of my asthma. I used to react terribly to intensive exercise in most forms, losing all control of my breathing, but im starting to see that all that I need to do is to train and learn to control these muscles required to do so. The progress with this is slow but steady and the most important factor is that it’s continual, the harder I can push on the powerbreathe and remain in control the better and faster the results I can see in and out of the pool.
Hi everyone I’m back with my 13th journal entry!! This week has been slightly more hectic with socialising instead of training!! Was away at a wedding on Monday and Tuesday and it was my birthday on Friday so with various things planned that ruled out any exercise Friday, Saturday and Sunday though I was feeling rather delicate anyway!
On Wednesday and Thursday I did manage to go for small runs just 5 miles and 6 miles though I have to say these were quite torturous and I didn’t enjoy them at all as I was more in the mood that I had to do them to clock some mileage but I’ve always been in the mind frame that the proper training would start after my birthday again as I wanted to enjoy myself so I guess now I’ve no more excuses I’ve 120days to get back into shape for marathon number 2!!
I’m still using my PowerBreathe everyday twice a day and it is definitely helping during my everyday activities but I think probably as I haven’t been putting a lot of effort into my running lately and the air quality has been so shocking I haven’t really seen much improvement here the last couple of weeks! I’ll know better next week when I’ve been out running a few times and longer distances again so I’ll talk to you all then 🙂