Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday swim

It was a nice one - I felt much less upset than I did on Tuesday, and the only thing slightly hindering me was that we did a lot of back and shoulder stuff yesterday at the gym and I definitely could feel the muscles as being tired, especially on the fly lengths.

But I am still grumpy with myself: I had an epic plan, but bad planning led to a failure to execute! It is my 40th birthday today, and I got the idea last week that I should swim 40 x 100 on 2:30 to mark the occasion.

Brent sensibly commented that one good thing about this plan was that it would only take an hour to do - but really this was totally unrealistic of me, especially once I decided that all freestyle would be too boring and that I would mix in some stroke. In a meter rather than yard pool, and with stroke and at endurance paces (no lanemate to keep me up to the mark!), I'm certainly not going to be making a 2:30 interval. I would have had to budget more like 2 hours, and as morning lane swim is only 5-7am, I would have needed to get there a whole hour earlier than usual, and possibly eaten something beforehand too (usually I do morning swims on an empty stomach). I'd been swimming for nearly an hour, and I was only halfway through...

Anyway, I did enjoy the 20 x 100 that I did, and as at this point it was already just after 7 (they don't kick you out, but you start to feel extraneous and as though you had better wrap up soon), and I have a big work day ahead of me, I figured I should just be sensible and call it quits.

(I do not like being sensible and calling it quits! But I am trying to finish my novel in near future, and fortitude will be better saved for that.)

20 x 100 as 25 stroke, 75 free, 5 of each in reverse IM order (i.e. 5 x 100 free, 5 x 25 breast, 75 free, 5 x 25 back, 75 free, 5 x 25 fly, 75 free), 5-10 seconds rest

2000 meters total

5 comments:

Brent Buckner said...

Did I say an hour? Bad math!

Ironmom (Julie) said...

40??!! Have a great birthday, and welcome to the club.

Jenny Davidson said...

Definite bad math, I don't know what I was thinking - I know perfectly well that really I swim around 3,000 yards in an hour, and that is YARDS, not meters!

Julie: THANKS!

Black Knight said...

Happy birthday!!!!!
Long time ago I was 40 too.....
2000 meters are a good way to celebrate the birthday.

carlsincharge said...

Happy belated birthday!! You can do whatever the hell you want on your birthday so I think you did perfect! Hope you had a wonderful day and that this next decade is your best one yet!