Slogging = the art of sucking while pool jogging.
I mean, no matter how FREAKING EPIC you might be at pool running, pool jogging, aqua jogging, etc. if you're a runner, accustomed to running on land through neighborhoods, city streets and rolling country roads... aqua jogging kinda sucks.
But since it's my "new thing", I figured I better embrace it. Cos that's just how I roll.
Seriously though I didn't know how to go about doing my first slog, so I went online and googled How to Aqua Jog. True story. There were ~like~ 31000 options, so I went ahead and clicked on option 3. Three is my lucky number, I figure, how can I go wrong.
The suggested workout for the triathlete (which i'm not, but T is, and she's my wife so that's close enough) was a 3700m swim/45 minute aqua jog BRICK. I can swim, yeah... I'm even pretty decent at it, and am back up to about a mile. So, 3700m? and 45 minutes? What was this, the Ironman level BRICK workout?
oh. yeah. It was.
So I modified it and went with this instead:
Swim #1 500m
Jog 15 min
Swim #2 500m
Jog 20 min with intervals
Swim #3 600m (so I could get a full mile)
It was still pretty intense.
I used the first 15 minute jog to 'just get the hang' of it. The actual workout called for 3 X 5 min at tempo, but I figured (correctly) that there was a learning curve and I should use the first 15 minutes to figure it all out.
I was pretty zapped by the 2nd 500m swim.
And by that I mean I could barely move my arms.
But I still went for it when it was time for the next set of jogging. My idea was that if I did intervals the time would go faster. It was true. Intervals are the only way to survive this kind of workout.
And by the last 200m of cool down, I was barely swimming. I mean that too.
So tomorrow is New Years Eve. And guess what I'm doing....