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Friday 05102019

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Friday AM group swim @ Wilkes-Barre, PA CYC (SCY)

visiting family in NE PA and met up with a gal who I met in AZ a few weeks ago swimming SCAR. we actually went to the same high school (about 10 years apart); neither of us swam in school, but both swim now. she regularly swims with another guy, so we had 3 doing the same set (I bailed early):

350 w/u

200 kick, fins!
(I mixed in some drills where I put the board between my legs)

3 x 550 @ 8:00 (they did 500s)

12 x 25 @ :30, IMO (I did fly drill)

4 x 300 @ 4:15 (I think they did 250s)

12 x 25 @ :30, just 1 breath

500, wearing what seemed like a HUGE parachute!

500 swim

100 w/d

TTL: about 5100 yards, 90 min

my high school used this pool for the swim team...well the facility's pool, but the pool itself was a different one. this one was built about 15 years ago, an extension off of the back of the old building. they hosted a masters meet once, which seemed to do well, but of course when I wanted to do it one year the meet director spaced out and that was it.
a friend from high school (who was on the swim team) used to coach a kids group here, and on a prior visit I swam with them, so I had been in this pool before.
it was nice to actually swim with others, doing mostly the same thing (I added 50 here/there rather than just stand around).

I hadn't used a parachute in years! when I swam with the Mesa masters team, Paul used to have us do that once in a while. I went from being super speedy to being the slowest of the 3 today. I might have to add one to my toy bag... I hadn't done breath control in ages either. or specific IM sets. maybe I just need to drop in with a masters team every once in a while.

at least now when I visit, I can just give these folks a shout and show up.

oh the pool was extremely busy. we were in 2 lanes, there were a few other lap swimmers, a few triathletes. then suddenly a water polo group showed up and took 3-4 lanes. it really is nice to see so much aquatic activity in my hometown. and I did give the friend who used to coach a guilt trip, maybe he'll get back in the water (funny that everyone who swam on the swim team then, winning our division at states even, none of them swim anymore).

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