Sat, Feb. 23, 2013 7:00-8:00am Swim-a-thon Complete!
by, February 23rd, 2013 at 03:30 PM (2843 Views)
I ended up getting a pretty favorable group of lanemates for my swim today. 4 guys, (Myself, Jared – 15 year old H.S. State finalist in the 500/100 Breast, Alex – 17 year old H.S. State relay swimmer and good 500 swimmer, and Henry – 14 year old guy I’d been training with all season)
Was out in a ~5:40 at the 500. I stopped for about 15 seconds somewhere around the mile point (+- 200 yards) to stretch out my muscles, and let Jared go by me. He got too far ahead of me for any draftwork to come into play, but I kept an eye on him to attempt to keep him close to me. A couple more stops somewhere around 2500 & 3000 for a goggle clearing. These few stops were only for a few seconds at a time, so my body wouldn't cool down any. Somewhere in this area I did a 200 alternating 25 Back/25 Free, and it felt awesome to do something different, plus get unlimited oxygen for a bit. My final stop at ~4000 (~46-47 minutes) to ask how many lengths I was at. My daughter yelled out “158!!”, so 1050 yards to go!!
I figured I could count the final 1000 (and came close). I ended up passing Jared back around 800-900 to go in the swim to regain the "lead" in the swim. He was very thankful that I was there for a little draft he told me at the end. I was feeling strong now knowing how far to the end, but when you're just swimming back and forth with no idea of where you are in a swim it gets hard to keep going.
About 400 to go, I really started the countdown, and my pace was picking up considerably at this point. The final 200 felt like a race (somewhat), and was happy to be basically done with this thing. Jared’s mom stopped me on my final 50 flip turn (since I miscounted) to say we had just completed the 200 lengths. Jared was a few yards behind me. I looked at the clock and the minute hand was still shy of the hour mark, so that part alone made me really happy!
5,000 Yards completed in 58:40 this morning!
Alex was about 400 Yards behind us, and Henry was about 500+ behind us. We all worked well together in the lane, and coordinated passing attempts to not make anyone have to stop. It was high-5s all around at the end. We even got in another 400 cooldown before anyone else was remotely close to finishing the swim.
Throughout the swim I was watching the pace clock and could see I was going 1:07-1:10 per 100 at varying points of the swim, so knew I was basically on track to my goal of under 1 hour. It sure hurt like a mother though!! This is the reason I don’t sign up for the USMS long distance postal swims, and probably why I don’t truly enjoy OW swimming. I may be good at pool distance swimming, but I think I’m built more for the “shorter” long distance.
Did a 400 warmdown of 100 Free/100 Back to finish off the day