The 1st step in any good planning is to figure out where you are.
My coach, being a really good planner, needs to know where I am with my swimming. So today’s swim workout was geared to finding my baseline. Kelsey tells me that this will be my “cruise time”.
Today’s cruise-finder workout:
- warm-up (my choice – as long as it includes a include 4 x 25 build @ :15 rest (which means I start out easy and increase my speed so I’m sprinting by wall touch.)
- Cruise-finder: 5 x 100 fast with 2 seconds rest after each 100.
- cool down (my choice)
My cruise time is: my total time, minus 8 seconds, divided by 5. 8:35/5 = 01:43 /100y
The high school swim coach was nice enough to time me this morning. He commented that I was exactly at 4:00 at 250y, then I slowed, and then picked my pace back up. His observations coincided perfectly with how I was thinking. Just after the half way point, I started to worry that I might not have enough in the tank to finish. Then that thought led to a bunch of other concerning thoughts. When I touched the wall with 75 yards to go, I noticed that I wasn’t focused and put my attention back to the task at hand.
My thoughts on today’s workout:
- I always feel like I’m swimming so much faster than I really am. 🙂
- I really don’t know what I am capable of for the swim. I know what “all-out” is for running, but no idea for swimming. I don’t think I’ve ever gone all-out.
- Focus and positive thinking is really important under water.
- I wish I could do flip-turns.
- I wonder how fast I can get?