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1 hour postal swim

Rating: 2 votes, 5.00 average.
Sat Jan 24th 2009

did the postal hour swim in today's practice

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NEXT MEET: USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix Austin TX
March 5 - 7, 2009
40 days away
Meet format: Short Course AM, Long Course PM
Meet Events: Thursday, Friday, Saturday

6:30 - 8:00
Whitney coached
SCY swim center main pool NO Blocks
swam beside Larry Amy & Brandon

wore blue seventy nero comp

warmed up till 6:52

we started the one hour swim at 6:55
tried to stay long smooth and relaxed
whitney counted
started out easy didn't want to die
hoped to keep up with larry
in the first 1000 I had arm cramps then they went away, I wound up lapping Larry 3 times
towards the end I felt like I was close to getting calf cramps but I didn't get a full on cramp

whitney put a kick board in the water after each 1,000

here's my 500 / 1000 / 1650 splits

500 5:43.1

1000 11:23.1 5:40.0

1500 17:00.2 5:27.1

1650 18:40.0

2000 22:33.1 11:10.0 5:32.9

2500 28:06.5 5:33.4

3000 33:35.5 11:02.4 5:29.0

3300 36:54.2 18:14.2

3500 39:09.1 5:33.6

4000 44:38.4 11:03.9 5:29.3

4500 50:12.4 5:33.3

4950 55:11.1 18:16.9

5000 55:43.3 11:04.9 5:30.9

5350 59:36.2

which is much further than I thought I'd go

easy 100

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Updated January 24th, 2009 at 12:25 PM by ande

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  1. pwb's Avatar
    nicely done. i still think it's gotta be mind-numbing, but maybe I'll try it next year.
  2. knelson's Avatar
    Nice job, Ande. I see you took it out nice and easy for the first 1000. Good call on that!
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Nice job. Did you like the B70 for 5000+? Going to write a tip on going postal now?
  4. ande's Avatar
    hey pat
    it was challenging
    I breathed/swallowed little water once

    Hey Knelson,
    I stayed even with Larry for the first 800 or so he started to pull away from me then I pulled away from him
    I just tried to stay steady the whole way
    in years past I've taken several distance races out too hard like the summer after my SR year in HS
    my best 100 LCM fly was 58
    I took a 400 IM out in 1:00

    Thank you Leslie
    the B70 was a little tight and hard on my shoulders I was worried about rubbing but was fine
    Going to write a tip on going postal now?
    Not sure if I can write much on hour swimming other than

    get in great shape by going to swim practice 4 - 6 times a week doing 4 - 5k per practice

    wear a speed suit

    pacing is critical, start out very easy at a pace you can sustain for the entire hour, if you're not sure how to pace swim beside a distance swimmer who's about your speed and stay even with them

    it's way better to start out too
    easy then get faster
    start out too hard then get slower

    BREATHE often

    GLIDE far on push offs

    Don't make quick upward pace adjustments

    get a counter / time keeper

    have them put a kick board in the water on each 1000

    keep your eye on the clock so you know how much more you have to go
  5. tjrpatt's Avatar
    Great job. man, 18:43 on your 1650 split is pretty stellar.
  6. rtodd's Avatar

    You did not come apart and even negative split out to the mile. To say you can swim is an understatement.
  7. ande's Avatar
    hey tjrpatt
    I swam 3 1650's my times were

    1650 18:40.0

    3300 36:54.2 18:14.2

    4950 55:11.1 18:16.9
  8. ande's Avatar
    hey Rtodd,
    thanks, I just tried to stay steady and not stop till the hour was done
    I haven't swum that far in one swim in years
  9. Ahelee Sue Osborn's Avatar

    I was supposed to swim mine today, but my training partner had to cancel at the last moment. Looks like I will swim it on my own now.

    The bright side is that I was able to read your blog before I swim and feel "advised" going into it.

    I remember last year thinking it was an ok experience after not doing it in years. But that in 2009 I would have to organize a swimmer in the lane next to me...

    But afterall, my pacer will be the clock!