Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thursday swim


Just had to get that out of my system...

The hour goes by way too quickly - at the end all I wanted was to swim for another hour! The coach was slightly laughing at me & observed that she could see the endorphins had kicked in - she urges me to come to one of the hour-and-a-half workouts (there is a Sunday-morning one that would suit me well), and observes that on holidays the team often has a special two-hour workout, with five and six people in each lane and everyone swimming their guts out!

Warmup: 200 free, 100 reverse IM (only did first 50 of this); then 6 x 50 free at easy, medium, hard and repeat

Main set, which we had to curtail due to time but in theory would have moved through each stroke in reverse IM order:

150 kick (30 seconds rest), then 4 x 75 at easy, medium, hard, very hard with 20 seconds rest

We did the full set for free and breast, then shortened it as follows:

back: 150 kick, 4 x 50 back down, choice back (flags were not up)

fly: 4 x 25 fly on 10 seconds rest

200 reverse IM easy swim down (fly drill)

2050 yards total

I have been thinking that I would wait to have a few more swimming lessons till after marathon training is done - it is a question of financial resources as well as time and energy and attention. But in fact my breaststroke is scandalously worse than my other strokes! I was leading on all the other parts of the set (well, another woman led on the fly, but I was right on her tail!), and I really like leading the lane, it is enjoyable to me and I am suited to it because I have strong steady pacing and good endurance.

But I had to go to the back for the breast set, and I am so much slower than everyone else on that stroke that it is very discouraging to me! I have no gears, just one steady pace, and it is remarkably slow.

Hmmmm, I wonder whether I should just bite the bullet and devote a few Saturday afternoons and a heap of dollars to some more lessons with I.? She's most likely teaching only in Brooklyn now, too, so it adds an hour travel time each way - might not be sensible, I might just have to be patient on this one and see if I can wangle a bit of stroke coaching from one of the weekday lane swim folks. It is not as high-quality as the real lesson, that's the trouble! Must ponder...


Wendy said...

I am so pleased for you!

Leah said...

Sounds great!!

ShirleyPerly said...

So happy for you!!!

I am envious of your ability to be able to even do all the different strokes. My butterfly cannot be seen in public.

Jenny Davidson said...

Shirley, my butterfly is fairly wonky also, but I feel enthusiasm makes up for a lot! I am determined to improve it considerably this year - it looks so elegant and powerful when others do it well!