No Doominess Here!
by, December 22nd, 2012 at 09:07 PM (500 Views)
I awoke with a marvelous idea for today’s solo workout--inspired by Ellen and James, I would try out That Guy’s IM Chasm of Doom. But after reviewing the set, and thinking that it really seemed like an awful lot of fly (duh!), I decided that I would tweak it to make it more Janet-suitable. The Total IM Eclipse was the result. The first half follows the Chasm, except for the friendlier intervals, but on the way back up the first obscured is the first to reappear, just like a lunar or solar eclipse.
Air temps were in the low-40s when I arrived at the pool midmorning, and the wind was blowing strong, which made judging backstroke turns interesting—I had to subtract 1 stroke from my usual count on one end, and add one on the other. But the sun was brilliant, and I gloried in getting to swim outdoors, with a cloudless blue sky as my roof. Here’s how my workout went:
1000 scy warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200 IM d/s)
Total Eclipse of the IM
50 FL / 50 BK / 50 BR / 25 FR
50 FL / 50 BK / 50 BR
50 FL / 50 BK / 25 BR
50 FL / 50 BK
50 FL / 25 BK
Masters minute (“the essence of the eclipse which was its perfect darkness”)
25 BR / 50 FR
50 BR / 50 FR
25 BK / 50 BR / 50 FR
50 BK / 50 BR / 50 FR
25 FL / 50 BK / 50 BK / 50 FR
200 IM for time [2:47]
Intervals: I went on 1 second /yard + :10 on the way down, and on 1 second/yard on the way back up.
50 FL kick
100 BK (50 K / 50 S)
150 BR (50 K / 50 S / 50 K)
200 FR (50 K / 50 S / 50 K / 50 S)
Kicks were moderate fast, swims easy
8 x 200:
Odds = FR pull with paddles
Evens = FR/BK halfsies
[Goal of this set was to work on breathing timing and earlier rotation, backstroke was easy reward for 300y of focusing.]
200 warmdown + play
That was it! By the time I got out around noon the morning’s strong winds had died down, but it was still in the 40s. I ended up staying in longer than I had planned because the pool was so pleasant, and everyone who got out earlier seemed so cold.
In the afternoon I played in the gulf. The water near shore was in the high-50s, but out just 50-75 yards or so it seemed a comfortable mid-60s. Since what wind there was was out of the north, the waves were tamped down, and the surface was almost glassy. I hope to swim in the gulf more over the next few days, since the pool will be closed until after Christmas.