Vs. a 5k Swim
I know I'll probably get, and possibly deserve, flack for participating in an endurance test but here goes. I work in a privately owned gym run and populated by a bunch of Ironman folks. Call it peer pressure but I joined them on their annual New Year's Day 5k swim. I've been through the full Total Immersion swim course the club offers but those training sessions were only 25-50m sprint sets and the longest distance I've ever gone was a measley 300m. I never, ever do straight endurance work and consider running 800m a 'long way'.
I finished the whole distance in about 90 minutes, nowhere close to the 'studs' who where dressed and finishing breakfast by the time I was done. I was very tired but at the 3k mark had plenty in the tank. My main curiosity was to observe performance with no raw endurance work under my belt. It was satisfying to see how much metcons and strength work transferred but I definitely didn't develop an addiction to LSD. The crew is encouraging me to do a "sprint tri" in April though...