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:
How 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.
Jordan looks like he peed his pants near the end, which is understandable because I almost peed my pants watching it.
to the video: Jordan Buys on French Duke
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.
- 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
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.
- @00:00 – 400m free
- @08:00 – 300m free
- @14:00 – 200m free
- @18:00 – 100m free
- 100m fly kick drill
total distance: 1100m
It’s been kind of a lot of years since I swam 1000m straight. It hasn’t gotten easier.
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.