Monday was supposed to be Workout #3 but for various reasons of my own adult choosing, it didn’t come to pass.
So to make sure I’d be in good stead to get to the Wednesday AM workout, I went to bed at 9:30 last night and woke up on my own shortly after 5 AM to eat a small breakfast, get dressed, comb my hair, get my swim stuff together and head out the door for the pool.
“Swimming Keeps Kids Clean”
Around here, there are advertising signs about swimming – mostly for parents, but about their children. It says “Swimming Keeps Kids Clean”, and aside from the funny pun that’s in that statement about the amount of water your children would be immersed in for hours on end if they joined a swim team, I figured out why swimmers are “clean”:
When you go to bed at 9:30 PM as an adult (meaning growing kids would probaby go to bed earlier), it really cuts into your late-night socializing, bar-hopping, drug-taking scene! ;)
Not that I’ve been to a bar more than once or twice a year since I left my first year of University, mind you…
Wednesday workouts are instructed by a ex-Olympic swimmer who grew up in our area and whose parents swim with a different local adult swim team located across the city. I don’t really know her, but I know OF her, and she seems like a friendly, positive, intelligent person as a coach, which is what counts to me :)
I did 2000 meters in today’s (2187 yards or 1.24 miles according to Google) workout, but got out before the official swim time ended, unlike last time where I swam 1800 and swam right until the end.
I moved up from Lane 4 to Lane 3 today, and that’s the main speed difference. I ended up getting a side stitch at about 1700m, so my last 300 was done pretty easy and right at the back of the pack of 5 of us. Before I got the stitch, I was swimming in #3 or #2 position, depending on the stroke we were doing.
Backstroke was the stroke of the day. I’m glad it wasn’t Breast stroke, because just a wee bit of that during warmup told me that some wee little muscles in my groin area were still tired from last go-around, and my frog kicks were pretty weak and relaxed as a result.
Here’s the workout I did:
- 300 Swim
- 200 Kick
- 200 Pull
- 8 x 50 Backstroke Drill:
First four, at top of stroke, extend shoulder and lift armpit out of the water (to train proper shoulder rotation during the stroke)
Last four, focus on hands entering the water at 1 o’clock and 11 o’clock for each stroke, to help ensure swimmers aren’t crossing the middle line of their body with their strokes, and thus changing their body from remaining straight in the water (good), to wriggling like a snake (bad).
- 6 x 75 regular swim with the previous drills in mind:
25 Back, 25 Free, 25 Back
- 2 x 100 freestyle swim
- 250 easy
Things I Noticed
Lane Three is much better for pacing.
But, I don’t think many of the people in Lane Three have a competitive swimming history from when they were kids, because the etiquette of starting out a set with 5 seconds between each swimmer had to be mentioned to us and still wasn’t really followed.
Plus, I was the only one who had any type of streamlined underwater glide after pushing off of the wall.
Also, when I’d get close to someone doing either freestyle or backstroke, their kicks were from the knee and therefore looked wild and flailing, possibly being used to try to keep their bodies in position. My kicks, while weak for for any form of propulsion, are mainly from the ankle, and I try to keep my knees together and barely moving.
I’d kind of like to see a video of myself swimming – from all angles (outside water, under water, in front, in back). I know at the National events there are sometimes underwater camera companies that you can hire to record your events, but that seems excessive to me.