Big Cramps In the Pool Again
This evening was a tough session with the NE31 Tri Club. A 550m warm up, followed by 20 x 50m, on 80s start times. Basically this was supposed to be a ‘Level 8′ speed session (10 = flat out, 9 = race pace, 8 = just below), and I was doing fine up to the 14th rep (holding 60 seconds swim for a 20 seconds recovery, at 40 strokes per 50m), when I started to get some slight cramping spasms in my legs again as I kicked off from the end of the pool. These were generally in my hamstrings as I brought my legs in for the kick.
At the turnaround on the 16th rep though, it got serious. My left vastus medialis cramped badly, and my immediate, instinctive, unthinking, reflex was to stretch it out by pulling my legs in. Big mistake, as my right hamstring immediately cramped. Oh great! There I was in the deep end of the pool, with my legs completely useless. I actually considered just raising my arm and letting the lifeguard pull me out - it felt that bad.
But then I realised the level of mockery this would have heaped on me by the rest of the club . . . and managed my arms-only breast stroke to the side, and then to pull myself along to the steps, before spending a good five minutes waiting for my legs to relax enough for me to start stretching them out a little, and then re-join the lane for our cool-down.
I spoke to Peter, our coach about this problem after the session, as it quite freaked me out when it happened. The conclusion is that I’m not getting any younger, and perhaps doing some stretching might be a good idea. Actually, I’re pretty sure that doing ANY stretching would be a good idea - I mean, have you EVER seen me write a post under the category ‘Flexability’?
I’ll take tonight as a warning, and be turning a new leaf over on that one right now.
- Type: Swim
- Date: 03/17/2008
- Time: 16:45:07
- Total Time: 00:45:00.00
- Distance: 1,496.69 m
- Average Pace: 3:00.4/100m