Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday October 17, 2011

I was in SoCal last week for a medical conference, and I thought I would have access to a lap pool at the overpriced hotel where we were staying.  As it turned out, the 20 yard lap pool had been drained, so I swam in the hotel's main pool, heated to a balmy 85 degrees.  The pool had no lines but measured approximately 27 meters in length.  I would have preferred to swim in the ocean, but there was no beach access before 7 am, and we were in meetings the entire day.  On Wednesday I swam a set of 2 x 1500s, and on Thursday I swam a main set of 15 x 100s on :10 rest (one easy, one hard, one easy, two hard, one easy, three hard, one easy, two hard, one easy, one hard, one easy).  This was actually a challenging set, even without a pace clock. 

On Saturday I swam at Nitro with my daughter, who was home for the weekend, as well as Tom, Anthony, David, and Steve.  Stephen coached.  The main set was 2 x 25, 2 x 50, 2 x 75, 2 x 100, 2 x 125, 2 x 150, 2 x 175, 2 x 200, all on a 1:20 base, no additional rest.  Could not hang on to a 1:10 pace, finishing with 1:50s for the 150s and 2:30s for the 200s, which was disappointing but probably not unexpected because of jet lag.

On Sunday I swam at Barton Springs with David and Anthony.  I tried out my new Xterra Vortex sleeveless wetsuit and really enjoyed it.

This morning I swam at Nitro with Jean, Tom, Ron, Anthony, David, and Steve.  Stephen coached.

500 swim
1 x 300 kick
4 x 50 @ 1:00
4 x 25 @ :30
1 x 500 for time, went 5:58
4 x 25 @ :20
4 x 50 @ :40
1 x 300 pull
4 x 100 @ 1:20, averaged 1:09-1:10, went 1:07 on the last one
100 easy

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