Thursday, April 26, 2007

A Wild Hair

It's really not that hard finding motivation here in blogoland. I have such fine friends and all you guys are such great athletes. Every once in a while, someone new comes along to provide you with fresh incentive to push yourself to the limit, try something new, go for the gold. I have to admit to being really impressed with Duane and John. Duane, because of his perseverance and drive to overcome physical challenges and injury to reach his goal of Iron, and John, because he pushed himself to the limit of what his body was capable of on the run, took a step back, and said, "This is where I go from here." Where he was at was impressive.

These things were on my mind yesterday as I entered the pool. I am basically picking back up from where I left off before recovery week. Forty-eight minutes is what the planned called for, and forty-eight minutes is what I was going to give. Now, usually when I have fifty minutes or so, I do a warm up then sets of 500s, because again, that's what the plan recommends. On my last long swim I did an 800 meter swim straight, and I felt good. This time, I got a wild hair up my butt (my father's favorite term), and decided that I was just going to swim to see how far I could go. I needed a fresh shot of perspective.

So I swam. and I swam. and I swam. It was hard in the first 500 meters, but eventually the muscles in my arms relaxed, and my breathing fell into a rythm. As I passed the 500 meter mark, I kept going. I've been here, I thought. I can do this. I swam further, and I passed the 800 meter mark, and I kept going. I tried hard to relax, let my core muscles do the work and glide effortlessly through the water, right pass the 1000 meter mark. and I swam, and swam. What's even more miraculous is that I didn't lose count of my laps! Its easy when you keep repeating the correct lap number over and over in your mind :-)

All in all, I swam 1600 meters, a mile, in 29:40. Perspective gained.

Is that good?

Wes

OCN: 2100 meters, 1x250 warmup, 1x1600 freestyle, 1x250 warm down

17 comments:

Bob Gentile said...

well first of all my dad's favorite term was "BIG Day Today" and when you heard that "oh boy" it meant we where cleaning up something?! the backyard , basement or garage AND it was always a friggin EARLY wake up call to top off this "BIG DAY"--lol

Great swim workout not sure about ur times but for a non - tri peep, looks very good to me :-)

teacherwoman said...

I would think 1600M in that amount of time is good, especially since I have never swam that much in one given time. But, what do I know?!

Blaine Moore said...

Wes,

I haven't managed to get up to a mile in under thirty minutes yet. I'm still working at it; I've gotten up to 1400 meters.

By the way, in a 25 meter pool, a mile is 32 and a third laps. :)

Blaine Moore said...

Sorry, 32 and a sixth (a third of a length)

John said...

If you use your mile time to figure out your Iron time you're only 20mins off the pace of the 6th place guy in IMAZ..you know Jodi's first post race report on Johnny?

I would think you're doing great so far.

P.S: Thanks for the kind words.

P.S.S: Why does it always take me 2 or 3 trys to get through word verification? lol

Nat said...

Wes I have no idea if that is "good" or not as I was wondering what was an acceptable time for a mile swim myself--is that how far you swam or did you go farther than that? The whole meter thing confuses me. Most times I've swam laps have been in 25y pool and it is 68 laps for a mile.

I start getting confused with my lap counting too so I usually throw in a few extra laps--just in case. When I was pregnant and my brain was compromised I would swim a lap and see how long it took me. Then I would check a few times mid swim to see if I was slowing. Then I just dived the seconds by my overall time to figure out how far I went. But I wasn't really training for anything just tryign to maintain my endurance during those last weeks.
Is there a pool garmin???

J~Mom said...

Looks pretty freakin awesome to me!! (I have no clue though.):>)

Steph Bachman said...

I have no basis for comparison on your mile swim, but way to go! You are doing so great. Your blog is motivation for me like John's is for you. : )

TJ said...

dude. that's an awesome time! a mile in 29:40 is about 1:40/100yd pace. that's movin on pretty darn good. my pool is 25 yards. i usually do the mile (36 laps) at about 1:55/100yd pace.

i have a terrible time counting laps. i use the split button on my chronograph to keep count. oterwise i could be +/-5 laps at the end.

Erlina - Left Foot, Right Foot said...

Awesome, Wes!

Makita said...

Wow! I have difficulty doing 300m w/o rests. I am amazed! :)

LBTEPA said...

Crikey! You're getting fast!
and well done on the sleep-deprived brick, AND the 189 :)

Joe said...

Way to keep flowing in the pool, Wes!! That is super!

And congrats on the weight loss!!!

Firefly's Running said...

Awesome swim!

TriShannon said...

Definitely good... way to go!

JeffM said...

1500-1600m is the normal Olympic distance tri swim. You did it under 30 minutes- that great! That would put you in the front half of the swimmers.

WannaBe5Ker said...

That is amazing. That is a mile!!!!!!! You swam a mile!!!!!!!!!

So cool!