On today's docket: 3000 yard steady swim.
Um, does that mean without stopping?
Crap, I think it does. I've never swam 3000 yards without stopping. I've done 3000, done 3500 even, but always as a group of sets.
*pauses to do the math in my head*
Gulp. That's 150 laps in my 20 yard pool.
Well, better get to it.
It says steady. I'm gonna take that as meaning not too easy, but not too hard--a pace I can hold for 3000 yards.
Holy schneikies. What pace CAN I hold for 3000 yards?
This should be interesting.
My workouts during my years of swimming consisted of HAMMER, HAMMER, HAMMER. 50, 50, 50. 100. MAYBE 200 here or there. FASTER! FASTER! FASTER OR YOU'LL BE SWIMMING A 500 FLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When I got in "trouble," my coach made me race something that wasn't a 50 or 100. That usually shut me up.
So this has been an interesting journey as I'm trying to turn into a "distance swimmer."
Got in the water. Deep breath. Here we go.
I decided I'd break these into 3 sets of 1000, but not STOP at the end, just take my lap time. First one felt allright. I felt like I was getting a decent reach in the water. Just kind of moseyed along at a relatively comfortable pace. Lap 48, 49, 50.
Hey, not bad. Uh oh, here she comes. Competitive Sara.
I bet you can negative split these.
CS, get outta here. This isn't a race. Plus, I've never gone this far without stopping.
Are you saying you can't? Wimp.
OK, fine...but you'd BETTER not show up tomorrow at the St. Malachi Race. You are NOT WELCOME in my head there.
We'll see about that.
Then pick it up, slowpoke.
Tried to focus on my glide and reach. Kept feeling pretty good, like my rotation was working. 48, 49, 50.
CS: Better. But I bet you can go faster.
Cut it out, jackass! I'm ignoring you.
No you're not.
*sigh, with bubbles* No, I'm not.
I can do this. I'm getting tired, but I can do this. My goggles were starting to push against my eyes pretty hard. Must get new goggles....
Some people began to leave the pool at this point, done with their workouts. Not me...kept on keepin' on. When I hit lap 30 of round 3, I started thinking to myself, "glide. glide. glide." with every stroke. REACH....high elbow...come on...
44. I started to pick it up. Only 6 more.
Holy crap, that means I've swam 144 laps.
CS: Go! Go! Go! Move your arse!
Did I just do that last 1000 faster than I did my 1000 time trial 2 weeks ago?
Um, yep. I did.
And was this 1000 after already swimming 2000???!!!
Yep. It was.
Interesting. It appears I am changing to fit into my surroundings.
Kinda sweet. :)