Saturday, February 6, 2016

First Friday Swim

Finally, I made it to the pool on a Friday. After checking my old training diary, I found out that I went to DSU on Friday the same day last year. I am attempting to swim a lot more this year than last in part because my Chicot Challenge is longer. But it seems that no matter how hard I try, I can't get ahead. I started the day a bit over 9,000 meters behind the same time last year, and 2015 was over 200,000 meters under 2014. How do you spell "worried"?

I slipped into the natatorium a little early and was a bit nervous since I hadn't been there on Friday in ten months, and I saw no lifeguards on duty. Then I saw Don Smith in the locker room. He's a nice guy who used to swim with our group. He works for the university and does most of his swimming at noon. He said he talked to Dan'l who said it was OK to go ahead and start. Great, now I was comfortable.

I swam

2,600 45:33; 1:44 (This was my longest straight swim of the year)
12 X 100 @ 2:00 averaging 1:25/1:26 (20 X 100 @ 2:00 used to be my favorite set. It is good for speed and endurance)
700 medium paddles 11:07; 1:35 r 1:00
700 small paddles 11:42; 1:40 r 1:00
700 swim 12:46; 1:49
total: 5,900 yards = 5,392 meters.

After the swim, I did a little 2.1 mile run. I ran there because I knew once I got home, everything would be over.