My swim coach Yurtie from Australia sent me a workout that I've been scared of tackling for a week and a half now, and put off and put off, but today I finally did it to the letter (except when I forgot my lap count and did one extra):
- 250 m freestyle, 30 sec rest
- 150 m freestyle, 30 sec rest
- 100 m freestyle, 30 sec rest
- 50 m freestyle, 30 sec rest
- Repeat above
- 200 m kicking with fins
- 800 m straight freestyle (this took me 27:41)
- 100 m breaststroke
- 4 x (25 m slow, 25 m fast) (fastest 25 m was 38.83)
- 100 m cooldown
At one point I thought, "Jeez, I haven't done any breaststroke yet at all today! And last year at this time I would have done about 75% breaststroke!"
But mostly I thought, "My swimming sucks." The whole workout took me an hour and forty minutes. That's a long time to have "My swimming sucks" stuck in your head. One of my new goals for the year is to get up to 20 laps completed before the "my swimming sucks" thoughts start taking over my brain.
Somebody in the little nasty pool locker room had left a shower running full blast on HOT and apparently walked out and it was nearly impossible to breathe in there! Plus somebody, probably the same person, had left a plugged-in blow dryer sitting inside the sink with a big wad of hair. Gross.
But not as gross as the pool, which was so cloudy that I could hardly see the bottom 4 feet away from my nose. I tried to tell myself it was just good practice for swimming blind in the murky Choptank River next June.
Note to self: Next time bring a snack or mix up some Gatorade for anything over an hour swim!