by, November 6th, 2012 at 06:17 PM (252 Views)
Today I elected to do a longish workout (4400 yards total), trying to figure out where my pace is... here was my workout:
500 free wm-up on 10:00
10 x 50 on 1:00 (these were all :39-:40)
200 breast (4:10)
MAIN Set [2000 in 36:00]:
1 x 400 on 7:00 (6:22)
2 x 300 on 5:30 (4:55, 4:55)
3 x 200 on 3:40 (3:15-3:20)
4 x 100 on 1:45 (1:35-1:38)
Lactate clearance set:
200 breast (4:00)
100 back (too slow to count!)
500 free (1:45-1:50/100 pace)
The 50s at the end of the warm-up were fast, but not all-out... I was nailing my flip turns, so that felt good, but mostly I was just trying to swim fast enough so that my :48-:50 pace per 50 would feel easy on my main set. It worked. I felt pretty loose during the 400 (in which I averaged just under a :48 pace), though it was indeed challenging... especially knowing I was going to turn around and do a couple of 300s, trying to hold the same pace. In all, 2000 yards of hard swimming in 36 minutes left me feeling pretty fatigued, but in a good way.
Since I didn't get one of my postals in last weekend, I have to think really hard about whether or not I want to go for the 3000 or the 6000, realistically I'm not going to be able to do both before the November 15 deadline. Maybe I'll do the 6000 this Saturday (have the kids take turns recording my laps)... and then, since the 3000 doesn't take as long I might convince one of my family members to count laps for me next Tuesday or Wednesday night before the deadline. I'm not really in shape right now for a 6000... hence my hesitation. And Turning around and doing a 3000 hard just a few days after a hard 6000 is not going to result in good times (not that I'm breaking any records anyway, I'm only racing myself!).
I think I'll see how the rest of the week's workouts feel and make my decision on Friday.