Just keep swimming!

9 Jun

Today’s training consisted of an hour of swimming with the Tri Club.

I should have had plenty of time to get ready, but I wasted time when I got home from work, and then had to hurry. I got in my car and was half way to the pool when I realised that I had left my kit bag with my fins, pull buoy and hand paddles in it, so I turned around and went home to get my bag.

After arriving at the pool, my swipe card refused to work, so I had to speak to the staff at reception to let me in. I started changing and then realised that I had left my bag in the car 😦

This didn’t bode well, and I only just got into the pool on time.

Liz and Asa, a couple of regulars, were already in the pool warming up. I joined in with a 200m crawl warm up. We were then joined by two new chaps, who didn’t seem to be strong swimmers.

We had to scull 25m on our backs (head first), and then we had to return, again on our backs, but this time feet first. It was one of the strangest exercises that I’ve ever done. Liz and I started laughing and I found it really difficult to regain my composure and get moving again.

It was then on to the main set: 25m steady crawl; 50m fast crawl; 25 steady crawl; 30s recovery. We repeated that 14 times!

Finally we were on to the cool down: 50m breast stroke; 50m back stroke.

So, after all of my efforts, I didn’t need my fins and hand paddles and only used my pul buoy for 50m!

I felt quite pleased with this evening’s training. I’m now capable of swimming 100m without needing to pause at the end of each length and my shoulder had almost recovered. It’s quite stiff and achy now, but I know it’s getting stronger. I also enjoyed the session as I wasn’t the worst one in the pool for a change and I didn’t have to think too hard about what I was meant to be doing!

What’s your favourite swim set?

4 Responses to “Just keep swimming!”

  1. Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete 09/06/2014 at 11:24 pm #

    Way to go! It’s all about effort and knowing your energy levels. I’m sure you could go forever at a certain pace. πŸ™‚

    My favorite set is a 1500 breakdown, and often my go-to when I’m by myself and have jumped into the pool without another workout in mind. After a warm-up and drills, it goes like this: 1 x 500, 400, 300, 200, 100, with rest of about 15-20 seconds between each set. It’s a great way to break down the distance for HIM. πŸ™‚

    • tamsynsmith 10/06/2014 at 7:40 am #

      That sounds like a really good set to try – thanks, Tiffany πŸ™‚

  2. 2 Cups 'N Run 10/06/2014 at 10:01 am #

    Great job!!
    I don’t have any favorite swim sets because I never do them, I just swim at a steady pace.. no wonder I’m not getting any better! πŸ™‚
    I think I’m going to try that 14x set, sounds so challenging!

    • tamsynsmith 10/06/2014 at 5:13 pm #

      It really helps me to focus as I’m very lazy and like to stop at the end of each length. It also helps me to count lengths as I find it very easy to lose track of what I’m doing (fortunately, my Garmin helps with that). If a workout is too complicated then I’l forget it, or have to stick it to my water bottle as a prompt!

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