A Longer Swim
I missed the NE31 club’s swim session last night, so to make up for it, I went to Tynemouth pool this morning for a longer swim. I set my watch’s countdown timer to 1′13″ to give me a nice easy pace for each 50m (two lengths), and set off aiming for consistency.
It kinda worked - in the sense that it didn’t work at all. To begin with I was struggling to keep the time above 1′05″, and by the time I’d swum 500m I was more or less constant at 1′11″, before tailing off at 1500m, where hitting the target 1′13″ was a real struggle.
But I did get there in the end, and now I know that I can actually swim 2,000m, which I’m pretty darned proud of as I couldn’t swim more than about a hundred metres front crawl just over a year ago. More to the point, the work I’ve done with the NE31 club has really paid off. Not in terms of the speed (S L O W), but the lack of fatigue, and the psychological stuff. This meant that I could break the swim down into a series of easily manageable goals: 2,000m is just 5 x 400m. and I can definitely swim that. Towards the end, I started to think that 400m is just 4 x 100m, which is really easy. And then for the last 100m (taking me from race distance - 1900m - to a nice round number - 2000m), well, that was just another two laps, which is the kind of distance you do for a warm-up before any real work starts.
If only open water swims could have nice clear distance markers like the end of the pool is!
- Type: Swim
- Date: 05/16/2008
- Time: 09:09:54
- Total Time: 00:48:40.00
- Distance: 2,000 m
- Average Pace: 2:26.2/100m