Thursday, March 25, 2010

99 Problems

The main set at tonight's swim practice was simple. 1.5 miles for time. For those of you who don't have a background in swimming, the phrase "for time" really means "race." Now, I've never considered myself a distance freestyle swimmer (my background's in middle-distance breaststroke events), but I'm starting to love mental challenges like these more and more.

1.5 miles... that's 2,475 yards, or 99 lengths of a 25-yard pool. Timed. The goal was to pick a pace and hold that pace through the entire swim. We did some warm-up sets and based on my times there, I decided to shoot for a 1:10 pace per hundred (28:50 total time).

I was on point for the first six or eight hundred, peeking at the clock after every second 50 to track my pace... and then I started to build until the last 100 yards were nearly all-out. I hit the wall in 27:40, which is somewhere in the 1:07 range! For those of you who don't know what that means, THAT'S AWESOME! For me at least. I'm PSYCHED about it!

That's a bunch of good swims this week... I'm still leagues from the speeds I used to swim back at Lehigh, but I love marked improvements like this. 18 minutes per mile ain't too shabby. This is me patting myself on the back. w00t!