rad fins

I got my new fins this week. They’re rad. So, I took them to the Coral Casino’s pool for a little test drive. 50 meters underwater is no thing for these fins. Easiest underwater lengths I’ve done.
What I ended up getting was C4 81 VGRs. The Italians were in no rush to ship them. It took about 9 weeks, during which time the model I originally ordered was discontinued. But I won’t complain – they’re awesome. I did a fair amount of research before committing to these fins. If you’re in the market, you should peep my notes.
Here’s Bridget making the fins look good:

Halloween in Joshua Tree

IMG_1573How appropriate. Halloween and death slabs are a match made in Hell. Yeah, there’s plenty of trick-or-treating in Joshua Tree, stacks of routes to trick you in to running them out until you’re treated to a near death experience. It’s growing on me. I got on this 12d, La Cholla, and had seriously a bunch of fun. It’s a slab problem to a near vertical, maybe a touch more, face route. It’s well protected, got some awesome moves, and I think I’d like to project it. Not my typical fare, obviously, but an interesting climb no doubt.

first water, not energetic

I must be spent from the last 2 mornings of swimming. Getting out of bed today was easy and everything was coming together for what I expected would be a great session in the pool. Wrong. Energy was low, my left shoulder hurt, and I just could not get things moving. The previous 2 days’ swims were kinda intense so this maybe should not come as a complete shock. Today turned in to a focus on fly kick drill, which actually went well.

da numbers

  • 200m easy free
  • 4 x 100m free
    • First 3 were slow, around 1:40-1:45, then I think the last one was just under 1:30. I was surprised, but did feel faster. If true, and I guess it is, the focus during sprints should be purely on maintaining momentum, not stroke mechanics.
  • 3 x 100m pull w/ paddles
    • these were coming in around 1:30
  • 400m fly kick

total distance: 1300m

first water, 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 – puke

This week’s theme is distance. Yesterday, 1000m straight. Today, the dreaded 400/300/200/100 pyramid I “loved” from short course yards. Porting short course workouts over to long course is good, I feel. That is, it’s hard. And hard workouts make for good fitness. Today’s set did not disappoint. It hurt and I’m happy to have finished the thing.
da numbers:

  • pyramid:
    • @00:00 – 400m free
    • @08:00 – 300m free
    • @14:00 – 200m free
    • @18:00 – 100m free
  • 100m fly kick drill

total distance: 1100m

first water, one big swim

It’s been kind of a lot of years since I swam 1000m straight. It hasn’t gotten easier.
da numbers:

  • 1000m free
    • time: ~18:30

Not super fast. This puts my 100m splits at ~1:51 on average. So, that’s not pathetic, but I’d like to get that under 1:45, which puts total time at 17:30. That shouldn’t be too bad. Well, that’s not very hard to write. Remembering back to how I felt during the 1000 however… I’m happy to have finished the thing.
In more interesting news, Micah showed up to the pool – kind of interesting if one considers he should be in Greece. I took this unexpected opportunity to finish my workout after nineteen minutes and call in sick to work.