If there's anything I'm worse at then swimming, it's doing math while swimming. Apparently I leave my accounting skills at the door to the pool.
I was undecided about this morning's workout as I was in the pool both Sunday and Monday. While I wasn't concerned about three days in the pool in a row, I didn't have a workout in my head. I sat on the pool deck trying to decide what might motivate me and decided to do 400s.
After a quick 200 yard warmup, I started with 8x50 fast. Well, fast for me. I then threw in 400 easy (which will become a factor, later). After the 400 easy, I did 4x100 with the first and last 25 easy and the middle 50 all out. Somewhere around there, I started forgetting what I'd already done, as well as the total distance. I did 2x200 to recover from all of the fast 50s, then tried to figure out of I was at 1200 or 1400. I calculated it must be 1400, so pushed myself to do 600 yards to finish. I did 400 easy, then cooled down with a final 200 yards to round out the 2000 yard session.
I was a put demoralized with my total time of 1:01 in the pool. Even accounting for rest intervals, that's a bit slower than I'd like to see after my recent form and pace focus.
Of course, if your math during reading is any better than my math in the pool, you will have already found my math to be a bit fuzzy. Five 400 yard sets plus 400 warm up and cool down doesn't equal 2000 yards. Yeah, it was that easy 400 I did between the 50s and the 100s that I completely forgot about. So, the point at which I pushed myself to finish out with 600 total yards SHOULD HAVE been the point where I said, "Gee, now is a great time to cool down."
Still, an extra 400 yards means I am much happier with my time.
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.