Saturday, March 25, 2006

Morning swim

I was hoping to get in a long bike ride this morning, but thunderstorms were forecast. So it was a trip to the indoor pool instead. Of course, now it's nearly 1PM and we've had nothing worse than a light drizzle so far, but that's typical!

63 laps with lots of balance drills and work on my catch again, for 3150 yards or 2880 m. It sounds farther in yards!

I did one challenging set of 8 laps, one length slow, one length sprint. I was surprised that I was able to hold my speed and not slow down too much by the eighth one! The "slow slow" eight 25-yard lengths averaged 46 seconds, and the "merely slow" eight 25-yard lengths averaged just under 35 seconds. It's also good practice for me to regain my regular breathing and recover while I'm swimming, rather than hanging at the end of the pool gasping for air.

In one of my last sprint lengths one of the skinny fast teenaged kids in the pool decided to race me. He waited at the end until I turned and hit my watch and started, and then pushed off the wall and went for it. Of course he smoked me! I wanted to give him a lecture about how I'd already swum over a mile by that time, but instead I just laughed to myself and pretended like I didn't even notice him.

My best 400-yard segment while doing those sprint lengths was 10:55, so extrapolating to 440 yards for a quarter mile I'll give myself a time of 12:00 for the first leg of the Simply Stu Worldwide Triathlon. We've got another forecast for rain tomorrow. If I manage to get in both a bike ride and a run tomorrow, I'll send in my times for an official finish. If not, a DNF is okay with me. I didn't spend anything on the entry fee.

1 comment:

From Here to There said...

I don't know how you do it! Outstanding Nancy.

Hope you get to finish your tri today!