Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday run/swim

Only time for a brief post - the cost of leaving town very promptly at the end of the semester (i.e. tomorrow morning) is that tonight is going to be a VERY LATE NIGHT! Several hours of grading, significant laundry and tidying and packing remain...

The clinic was very interesting - I am now in possession of an ingenious metronome-like device called a Tempo Trainer - for working on stroke count/distance per stroke - obviously it is going to be a really good way of doing mindful swimming in open water practices - the beep is an annoying noise - you tuck the device under your swim cap - it is a sort of substitute for the pace clock - you do a set in the pool like 7 x (3 x 25) setting the beep frequency at 1.15, 1.20, 1.25, 1.20, 1.15, 1.10 for each set of three successively - it is easier to hold the count steady or reduce it as the interval gets longer, and then you try and keep the number of beeps (i.e. strokes) the same as you reduce the interval again. We did some lovely slow-motion lengths to begin with on 1.40...

I ran over to the lecture before the clinic, it was the only way of fitting in a run - v. sweaty, and with funny bulging pockets in my jacket where I had stuffed the goggles, etc. so that I did not have to carry a bag! But it is an efficient way of getting over to that part of town - if I am going to start going now and again to evening practices at John Jay, in warmish weather it makes a lot of sense to run down there in triathlonish garb....

The next post I write will be from FLORIDA!

4 miles run, c. 800 yards swim

4 comments:

Wendy said...

Slow mo!!

Safe travels!!

Rainmaker said...

Interesting device - i could see it being pretty useful!

ShirleyPerly said...

I got one of those tempo trainer devices for Xmas but have yet to use it. Maybe you can tell me more about it when you're here!

LG said...

i have never heard of that device - sounds like something i could use. must investigate more!