Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Fuzzy Swim Math

We used to tease The ELF about this all the time.  She would “sneak” these little snafus into her swim workouts.  The described yardage a bit shorter than the actual yardage.

It doesn’t hurt to be an anal retentive digit analyzer….

Based on past experience, I’ve gotten into the habit of adding up my swim yardage for every workout.  You know.  Just to be sure.  The prescribed workout in my book called for 1800 yards, but the digits only added up to 1600.

This just won’t do.

What to do?  What to do?  The main set consisted of a power swim set (+/- 5 seconds off my critical swim pace) of 4x200 yards on fifteen seconds rest.  It was obvious that by simply adding another 200 to the set, my problem would be solved, and I’m sure that this is what the book’s author had intended.

My power swim set interval is 1:34 to 1:42 per hundred, and I nailed every interval the top side of that range.  The swimming is coming back.  I’m much more focused on what I should be doing, rather than what I want to be doing (going fast).  Training smarter allowed me to save some energy for my hour long bike ride that afternoon.

Sometimes, mental progress is just as significant as physical progress.

I have saved every swim workout that my coach ever gave me.  The workouts I am doing now are simple and effective, but they in no way compare to the creative ass-kicking variety that is the ELF produced workout.

The upside…  I don’t have to bring a stack of sandwich baggee wrapped index cards to the pool…



it's all about pace said...

training smart.... I might have to try that

Andy said...

Word to the sandwhich baggie... I am that guy!

Colleen said...

I use the sandwich bag... and I count all my meters to make sure they add up! :)

Michelle said...

You're making me feel like such a slacker - I gotta get back in the pool!!!