I was able to run over to the YMCA today and get in one last prep swim before Chesapeakeman Aqua Velo on Saturday.
I put on my new race goggles, all ready for Saturday, and just started swimming hard. I always have a difficult time in the first 200-300 yards of a swim, and I wanted to simulate that breathless feeling in practice before the race.
Open turns, hit my watch split button with every lap, like always. First lap felt like I was swimming in place for part of the time, but whoops! 1:01 for 50 yards. Hmm, that might be a PR for me! Let's keep swimming hard and see what happens! Stroke, stroke, pull, pull.
500 yards: 10:54, or 2:10/100 yards.
Hooray! That's a new PR! Woo hoo!
If I could keep that up (and I can't, yet) that would give me a 1:32 Ironman swim. Some day, perhaps!
I got out after 1200 yards today, just enough to stay loose. Yeah, I remember when it used to be a very long swim for me, but now it's just a quick dip in the pool. I didn't want to tire out my arm muscles before race day. I quit while the quitting was good, and hopefully ensured that I didn't leave my race in the training pool.