Dreaming of future swimming wonders
by, March 3rd, 2010 at 02:20 PM (545 Views)
Today I swam at the Y during early morning lap swim again, and it worked out well. I had my own lane for the first half of my workout, then circled with just one other swimmer for the rest. Plus, during a break between sets someone from a neighboring lane told me that I was ďsuch a beautiful swimmer!Ē I think I really like this morning Y swim crowd!
Hereís what I did:
1000 scy warmup (400 swim/200 kick/200 pull/200 drillswim)
5 x 100 @ 1:30 FR -> BK pacman set
200 kick w/ fins (100 mod, 2 x 50 build)
6 x 50 w/ fins (25 + turn sprint, rest easy) @ long rest [I did 3 FR, 2 BK, and 1 FL]
5 x 100 w/o fins (25+turn sprint, rest easy) @ 2:15 [2 FR, 2 BK, 1 FL]
10 x 50 FR/BK halfsies @ :50 [all easy-mod pace, but worked on really snapping legs over on turns]
100 easy warmdown
Afterwards I stretched out in the warm, pretty pool, then headed upstairs for a short rowing workout. I had tried to go to the gymís rowing class last night, but it has become very popular again and was already full when I arrived. (Rowing class is a bit like spin class on Concept 2 erg machines, an interval workout with everyone rowing in sync and an instructor calling out instructions and, often, narrating a rowing course or race for us. No disco music. Itís a great workout in 45 minutes) So I decided to do some rowing on my own todayóI programmed the machine to do 2-minute pieces, with :30 rest in between. I warmed up on the first 2, then descended numbers 3-5 and 6-8, then warmed down the last two. (I went 2:19/2:14/2:08, 2:35 (was chatting with a fellow rower here)/2:12/2:07 on my descends. Those numbers are average 500m pace during the 2 minutes of rowing).
One cool thing about rowing on erg machines is all the information and feedback you getóafter every stroke, the machine calculates your 500m pace time for that stroke, per-minute stroke rate, average pace for the piece, projected finish time or distance, etc. (It also does the standard workout-machine stuff like calories burned, wattage, and so forth, and will even give you a little pace boat picture to race if you tell it to do so). Seeing how small changes in rowing technique affect the numbers on each rowing stroke really helps me stay focused on maintaining good technique. Plus the rowing room has mirrors on the front and sides, so you can visually check your technique now and then.
I often think how great it would be to have all this info while swimming. Can you imagine swimming 200 descends in workouts and getting feedback each stroke cycle about your stroke rate, your dps, your current speed (measured as, say, your 100-pace), and your projected finish time? All this could be projected wirelessly into your goggles. Actually, figuring out how to do that for stroke rate should be doable (and has maybe already been doneóI know Speedo used to sell a swim watch with metal sensors on the sides that calculated stroke rates by measuring changes in conductivity and using that to figure out how many times the watch, and thus the arm wearing it, had been dipped into and out of the water per minute. Iím not sure if they still make this, or if it was widely adopted by teams. I think the technology to take such stroke rate info and make it appear somehow in the field of vision of a person wearing goggles exists.) Measuring swimmers speeds at very frequent intervals would be trickier. Swimmetrics does it with tethering; you could possibly do it untethered in an endless pool, if you could get precise measurement of both the speed of the water current and the swimmerís position relative to the back wall of the tank (and maybe, once you got that latter measurement, you could have the speed of the water current automatically adjust itself so that the swimmer stayed in roughly the same place no matter the swimming speed. Can endless pools already do this?) Maybe by the time Iím in the 85-59 age group all this will be old technology!
The heat sheets and timeline for this weekendís swim meet on Long Island are up. It looks like it will be a short meet, starting at 9 and ending around 12:15, even with several 1000 heats in there. Iím swimming 100 FR, 50 FL, 50 BK, and 50 FR. (I know ahead of time I wonít be swimming any relays, since Iím the only woman from our team attending). It should be a fun event.
[I do realize that resuming 2 leg-intensive activities (I went to ballet class Monday night, plus the rowing today) is probably not optimal meet-week prep. But I figured getting back into my NYC routine took priority of being perfectly prepared. And itís still early in the week, and Iím not too sore from the ballet, so I think things will be fine. I just have to remember how to do startsóI havenít practiced those since my last meet in January!]