Goggles and Shoulders Start To Hurt
Hi guys, it's been a while since I last posted.
I've been picking up my swimming and have got my first competitive 10KM followed by a 17KM swim booked for next year (both lake swims). Competitively my only lakes swims have been 1 mile events so these are quite a jump. I've been swimming 4 to 5 times a week ranging around 2 to 2.5km per session. I' not tired after my swims so I know I've either got to stop being lazy (pick the pace up) or extend my sets to 3.5 to 4km. My fastest mile is now 27 minutes on the dot (previously its been well over 30 minutes) and my 2.5km standard cruising time is 45minutes. Anyway I thought I was progressing nicely until last Saturday.
I decided to just swim a solid pool 10KM and see where my base level is. This was only the second time I've done this. My previous 10km saw my stomach churning from the gels so, after getting advice from this forum, I switched to simply carb powders. That advice worked a treat - feeding every 2.5km. Thank you all. But from 2.5km onwards my goggles were agony: I don't have the straps on too strong and they've never hurt much in the past but then again I've not done many long sets. I battled through to 5km where I took on some water and removed my goggles briefly. The remaining 5KM were more tolerable but not great. I'm think my Aquaspheres are designed for pool swimming and not long distance. **So does anyone have any goggles designed for longer swims that don’t dig into the eye sockets so much? **
Then to top it off my final 2.5km was marred by really stiff shoulders. They still ache two days later. Now when I finished I wasn’t out of breath. So can I assume I'm not kicking enough and that’s where my focus needs to be in order to increase my overall swim pace and reduce the burden on my shoulders?