Decided to swim with the Wetcat team today instead of working out on my own. You know it's going to be a bitch when the work out sheet at the end of your lane only has about 1,000 of warm up and drills, ending simply with the words, TIMED SET...Ouch! So, about 12:20, the hammer dropped, along with a new workout sheet at the end of our lanes. It was simple enough, 6 x 150 for time followed by an easy swim all on the 6:00. OK, truth be told, I only did 5 of them - sitting out the first with an internal debate if maybe I should just move over to a lane on my own and do a nice taxing race pace set. BUT I finally decided to commit to the last five 150's as maybe it would be a good way to try and get in shape for the 200. OK-THOSE THAT KNOW ME, STOP LAUGHING RIGHT NOW...I really am considering swimming the 200 in 2019 - but only Long Course since my limit is three turns.
So, how do I approach such an outrageously long distance, well obviously, don’t take it out too fast. Not usually a strong suit of mine, typically starting off with reckless abandon and then dying like a “Big Dog”. However, I really concentrated on easy speed for the first 75, and then trying to hold that speed for the second 75. Overall I did pretty well for my first foray into such a massive distance set – although improvement is not only recommended it will be needed! My first four were all at 1:58 – but at least I was not DYING, splitting them about :57, 1:01. The last one was a 1:55 split about :58, :57.
But tomorrow it is back to the 25s 😊