I couldn't make it to the midday Chelsea Piers swim workout on Tuesday, but I was determined to do it today, and it was very good. Biked down, did a bit of work and an important local errand (I have finally got the reimbursement check for that surgery I had in December - in the end, after a chapter of accidents involving missing paperwork, it got sent by mistake to the doctor instead of to me, and I had to retrieve it), then got to the pool about 15 minutes early to do some stroke warmup.
Last week I had a very nice time in the slow lane, but today's slow lane was differently constituted and it became clear during warmup that I was much too fast. That meant I had to go and be the slow person in the next lane over - I ended up doing swim instead of pull and skipping a couple 50s where I needed to, but with a different workout, I don't think I'd have had as much of a problem keeping up. (I am guessing I was only a hair slower than the 3 slower swimmers in the lane, but there were 2 quite fast ones, and on the 150s it was no good, b/c with six in a lane the front person catches up with you very quickly when you are the slow one at the back! I also note that I never do kick with fins, and forgot how nice and fast it feels - in fact on that one I was as fast or faster than anyone else, it is just the pull where I'm so much slower than average, or perhaps where the male-female differential comes more strongly to bear.)
So I didn't quite make all of these intervals (I observe a general tendency even among slightly faster swimmers than I to round :55 and 1:55 up to 1:00 and 2:00!), but let us transcribe it notionally and figure I did about this (I had some extra warmup that pretty much cancels out the 50s I missed). I resolve that in 2 months I will be able to swim this workout (possibly excepting the pull) with no problems...
My initial swim (600):
4 x (50 free, 50 drill in IM order)
2 x 100 IM on 2:30
Assigned warmup (750):
150 each of swim, kick, pull, swim
3 x 50 descending, 10 seconds rest (did some extras of these, won't count here)
150 build on 2:45
3 x 100 descending on 1:55
3 x 50 on :55
1 x 50 on 1:15
odds pull, even kick with fins
3300 yards total - A RESPECTABLE TOTAL.
plus 10 miles bike - it is unpleasantly warm outside again today, I shouldn't have showered at the gym, I was dripping with sweat by the time I got home!