With my parents arriving last night, I missed the NE31 club’s swim session. So I headed off to Tynemouth pool this morning for a short-ish swim. Unlike the club swims though, I did this as a more or less continuous effort. None of that hanging around at the end of the pool chatting & wondering who’s got decent eyes or is wearing Aquasphere Eagles, and can read what’s on the whiteboard for the next set.
My 50m pace for training is 1:05, but that’s for working on my 400m times. So I dropped the pace down to 1:15. OK, I know that’s not fast, but it’s a pace I can keep up for much further than 400m. I used the countdown timer on my watch, set to bleep & restart the countdown automatically when it got to zero. It was actually surprisingly difficult to keep the pace down, and most of the time I got to the end of the pool with 3-8 seconds to spare. That’s not enough to take a drink, but enough for a couple of extra breaths.
Having the watch keeping track of the pace time also had another benefit - it also recorded the number of laps I’d done. As I count strokes when I swim, I always have huge problems keeping track of how many laps I’ve swum (it’s a bit like rubbing your tummy & patting your head at the same time, but with numbers). Actually it’s worse than that - I can even lose count on pairs of laps (is this the first, or the second lap?), so this kind of electronic counter is a real help.
Daughter’s birthday party tomorrow afternoon, so I have a run scheduled for the morning before the rest of the house is up and about. Ten weeks to go.
- Type: Swim
- Date: 04/25/2008
- Time: 09:26:51
- Total Time: 00:25:00.00
- Distance: 997.79 m
- Average Pace: 2:30.13/100m