first water

Good yardage this morning. I’m back to “distance Mondays”, my day of the week to crank out some longer-than-usual sets in the pool. For instance, today’s focus was on a couple 400 yd freestyle intervals. And my times were not that dismal, coming in right under 6 minutes on my second go, putting my splits under 1:30 for 400 yd. Not bad for me at this stage. Today’s routine totaled 2000 yd, my longest session since returning to the pool. And this has me thinking about adding 200 yd ever week for a few months, maybe getting up to 5000 yd days and breaking my old swim times, particularly the 500 yd in under 5 minutes. That’s almost a competitive time and surely nothing to be ashamed of amongst the masters swim crowd.
da numbers:

  • 2 x 100 free/zipperswitch
  • 2 x 400 free @ 8:00
    • 1st 400 time: 6:07
    • 2nd 400 time: 5:57
  • 3 x 200 pull w/ paddles @ 4:00
    • steadily decreasing times, between 3:10 – 2:55
  • 300 dolphin kick w/ short fins
  • 100 apnea drill w/ short fins

first water

Maybe it’s not me. Maybe the Carpinteria Community Pool is fast. I gotta say, the water feels thick. And my times are inexplicably quicker. Either that pool is fast or the GVAC pool is slow. I prefer to think GVAC is slow. Yesterday’s IM set at Carpinteria was actually enjoyable.
da numbers:

  • 2 x 100 free/zipperswitch
  • 20 x 50 IM strokes @ 1:30
    • Felt good, concentrated on stroke mechanics, especially for fly. It’s time I graduate to full on butterfly and not the variation I’ve been doing.
  • 3 x 100 pull w/ paddles @ 2:00
    • coming in between 1:15 – 1:20
  • 200 dolphin kick w/ short fins
  • 100 apnea drill w/ short fins

first water

Went to a new pool this morning – the Carpenteria Community Pool. It’s pretty nice. No long course but a sweet little short course of about 12 lanes. The temps were warm, which I’ve grown fond of as I’ve “matured”. I used to hate warm pools when I swam the 500. At 6:00 AM though, cold water is massively un-inspiring. My times during a 200 set were good, easily ten seconds quicker than on recent days.
da numbers:

  • 2 x 100 free/zipperswitch
  • 4 x 200 free @ 4:00
    • coming in between 2:50 – 2:55
  • 2 x 200 pull w/ paddles @ 4:00
    • coming in ~ 3:10
  • 200 dolphin kick drill w/ short fins
  • 200 apnea drill w/ short fins