Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Swim After Skiing

As it happens, three days of skiing and beer will not help your swimming.  It certainly didn't help mine, not least because being up in the mountains meant missing two days of workouts.  That had me feeling sluggish as anything last night.
My friend Andy has been putting in 3700+ yards of high quality work at a shot this week.  I personally decided to settle for a long set of aerobic paced swimming, where I did nothing more difficult than holding a steady pace over time.  

As it happened, that wasn't quite as easy as I might've hoped.

You guys probably aren't going to like this one overmuch.

Warm Up
3 x 200 @ 3:30

Main Set
10 x 200 @ 2:55 aerobic pace

200 kick

3 x (4 x 50 @ :45), every 4th 50 fast

100 warm down

Total: 3500 yards

I felt good for maybe the first seven of 200s of the Main Set.  After that, though, it became something of a mental exercise just to hold form.  For most of that set, I managed to hold about 2:35 at a manageable effort level.  After I started getting tired, my pace fell of to something closer to 2:40.  

For the 50s...  Well, I did all of them.  I didn't have a lot of pop to my stroke, and at times I just barely made the interval, but I finished.  My fastest time was probably :35.  Towards the end, it was all I could do to get under :40.

That was tough, but I feel better today.  My shoulders are sore, but in a good way.

1 comment:

  1. I just proved you don't need a weekend of skiing and beer to be sluggish in the pool. Went 3700 that felt like 7300