Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday swim practice

I am strangely elated this week - super-excited about getting back to some real training!

V. good evening of exercise just now - I enjoyed the pilates class much more than Tuesday's (better mental focus once I knew what to expect?), and swim practice was great.

Guest coach M. gave us a workout to prepare for the One Hour Swim, the team's fundraising event next weekend (I am doing it, I am very excited, it will be fun!).

Warmup (truncated): 150 free with every third length kick; 2 x 75 kick-drill-swim (1st one fly, 2nd back)

2 x (75 finger-drag on 1:50, 50 build on 1:00, 25 sprint on :40)

The main workout was an excellent and hugely enjoyable pacing exercise (I was splitting a lane with A. and we were swimming pretty much neck and neck the whole time - he was benefiting from my steady pacing and lap counting, I will immodestly add!).

Swim for 10 minutes (strong but not over-hard), counting total; then swim for 5 minutes, aiming to cover half that distance or slightly more; ditto 2:30, then a second repeat on 2:30. Swim 25 or 50 easy between sets depending on which end you ended up at.

10:00 - 525 yards (I seeded at 2:00/100 for the one-hour swim, so I knew this was what I was aiming for)

25 easy back

5:00 - 275 yards (met goal)

25 easy back

2:30 - 150 yards (met goal)

50 easy back

2:30 - 150 yards (met goal)

Then we just swam easy for the rest of the session: 100 back, 100 breast, 100 free

2100 yards total


Wendy said...


alisha said...

Interesting. I agree with you totally. Furthermore I have another point to add. I think its essential that children today have a friendly and good swim instructor to guide them along. So that they will take to the hobby with delight, rather than find it a useless skill. But then again, most kids always love swimming afterall.