I don’t usually write too much here about my workouts. Occassionally, though, I have a workout that either leaves me so wiped out, torn down, or deflated I have to write about it. On the other hand, sometimes I have a tremendous workout; something that I think is worthy of bragging about.
Last night’s swim workout was one of the ones I am proud of, and thought I’d share.
I was a little pressed for time when I got to the pool. Normally, I compete for space with the swim team. Typically there’s one lane left over for lap swimming. More times than not, there’s one or two people in the lane swimming. Not a huge deal – I don’t mind circle swimming…and by the time I’m getting to the back half of my set, my lane has typically emptied out. Last night, when I got to the pool, there were four people in the lap lane.
So I sat on the side of the pool and waited.
Finally, at 7:15 or so, a couple of guys got out of the lane and I was able to get in. Our pool closes at 8:00. Knowing that I didn’t have a lot of time, I decided to scrap my pre-planned set in lieu of a quick warm-up and a straight 1200 yard swim.
Out of habit, I started my stopwatch when I pushed off for the swim. At 250 yards, I felt like I was swimming pretty well; I looked at my watch and was at 5:30. At that point, I decided I’d turn what I thought might be a steady swim into a time trial effort.
I swam on, feeling really good. This is odd for me, as the swim is probably my least favorite segment of triathlon – and one that I’m least comfortable with.
My arm cadence was comfortable; I was hitting almost the same number of strokes on each lap. I was breathing bilaterally some. In general, I felt good.
When I finished and looked at my watch, I was pleasantly surprised. 1200 yards in 23:43 – or slightly under 2:00/100 yards. I took the last 100 yards in 1:28.
This was – by far – my fastest swim ever!