Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I must confess that I was filled with dread as I walked over - partly due to sense of lack of swim fitness, but also just the mild underlying dread that begins to adhere to anything if one hasn't done it for a while. Descending to the bowels of the Columbia gym for a swim workout is that sort of thing - there is some minor psychological obstacle that becomes more major if one lets it. However as soon as I am in the water, I am always enjoying myself. The next-to-slowest lane was packed with 7 fast swimmers, so I was pretty happy to swim in the slow lane with H. and another woman whose name I do not know - they were both wearing fins, so I had to work pretty hard to keep up. Alas, on the last bit I was barely making the 2:10 interval, chosen by me - I had an impending foot cramp, flexing the foot is not conducive to freestyle speed!

Warmup (truncated - I was 5 minutes late getting there): 100 free

Set #1: 8 x 50 on 1:15, swim-kick by 25 (2 of each stroke in IM order)

Set #2: 3 x 150 on 3:30, swim-kick-swim by 50

Set #3: 3 x 100 IM on 3:00

Set #4: 5 x 100 on 2:10

Swam 50 easy back-breast to try and work out the foot kinks; the hour was by then pretty much over...

1900 yards total


Danielle in Iowa in Seattle said...

Would you believe I haven't been swimming once this summer? I can't even imagine how I would fare in the water now!

Black Knight said...

This is the problem of the pools! Too many swimmers in the same lane.