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A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming

A little background info about me. In my younger days I was a runner but quit while in my mid 30's when it was no longer fun. I began swimming in 2000 to lose a few pounds and get in shape. I did not participate in age group or high school swimming and prior to taking up swimming as a 48 year old the only previous swimming experience I had was from Red Cross lessons and Boy Scouts.

  1. I'm Baaaack!

    by , January 30th, 2013 at 02:37 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Wednesday, 1/30/13

    I've not been posting this past month because my swimming has been unremarkable. Because of a shoulder issue I've not been able to do any fast swimming since sometime in November, then the city pool was closed for most of December so my training was hit and miss for those 2 months. After the pool re-opened this month, I've been swimming steadily but everything has been IG type of workouts because any fast swimming hurt. The distance work did have its benefits though, as it helped me prepare for the One Hour Postal. A few weeks ago I finally got in to see a Physical Therapist and the treatments did amazing things for my shoulder!

    So this is what I did today.

    Warm up (950)
    200 swim - 100 kick - 100 drill - 200 pull (build)
    3 x 50/50 build
    8 x 25/30 with fins #
    #1 - 12.5 fast/12.5 ez, #2 - 12.5 ez/12.5 fast,#3- 25 ez, #4 - 25 fast

    Set #1: Main Set (1250)
    100 back build/2:30 went 1:24
    2 x 25/1:00 AFAP free under 15 for these
    100 ez choice (drill - swim by 25's)

    100 back as: 50/10sr/50 strong/3:00 went 1:20
    2 x 25/1:00 AFAP free under 15 for these
    100 ez choice

    100 back as: 50/5sr/25/5sr/25 very strong/3:00 went 1:18
    2 x 25/1:00 AFAP free under 15 for these
    100 ez choice

    100 back as: 25/5sr/25/5sr/25/5sr/25 even stronger/3:00 went 1:16
    2 x 25/1:00 AFAP free under 15 for these
    100 ez choice

    100 back NS/3:00 went 1:22
    1 x 25 ALL OUT free under 15
    125 ez choice

    Set #2: Kick (200)
    200 continuous kick moderate without board or an equipment
    alternating dolphin/flutter by 50

    Warm down
    200 easy free

    Total: 2600 yards
  2. 1 Hour Postal

    by , January 28th, 2013 at 04:50 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Went to Boise this weekend to do the 1 hour swim. I had a good swim going 4035 yards even though I did not rest at all prior to doing this. in addition to training hard all last week, I swam a 3300 yard workout on Saturday and then drove to Boise (a 4 hour drive from Elko), went cross country skiing and then out on the town for drinks and dancing with my coach. Woke up Sunday morning thinking I really didn't want to do it but picked up my coach and went to the YMCA, jumped in and went for it. My best distance for this is 4050 yards when I swam it 2 years ago so I was quite pleased with this year's effort. This was the 7th time I've done it since I began swimming in 2000.