After coming home from the swimming pool and a 1500 meter interval session I had trouble remembering if I had ever had a swim like this. I felt great coming home from the pool, but after having checked with my garmin stats there is one training that stands out being far better than yesterday's.
And now that I look back through my Instagram I can clearly remember the joy I felt when I was done training on November 8th. Everything just worked. It felt like swimming in a frictionless environment where every stroke resulted in me gliding through the water effortlessly.
I’m trying to understand why this is happening, I have made several hypotheses on why this is happening.
Mostly I think it's all about the technique. The sessions in November generally were very good compared to now, and I think a lot of it has to do with a more emphasized focus on technique and movement in water. I believe my technique is better than a year ago, but without a trainer it is hard to know what and when you are swimming correctly.
Another cause of the problem might be that my overall stamina is worse. This is mostly due to reducing the amount of running done per week in order to try healing my left thigh muscle. I find it easier to push myself when running, and this can mean that I won't get as much conditioning with the other two activities.
The third reason might be the Christmas holiday spent without swimming because of the wisdom tooth surgery I had. I ran more during this part, but swimming was neglected because of temperature pains.
All three of these might have had an impact on why I'm not swimming as fast as I did two months ago. Doing this type of research and thinking gives a fresh and new perspective into my training. I now know that movement and technique is by far the most important thing to focus on in the water the next weeks in order to get back to where I was in November.