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Friday, September 3, 2010

Master's Swim at 3 weeks.

I just wrapped up the third week of Master’s Swim (or affectionately known as Adult Swim). The last two sessions have been workouts. That is just what I need to increase my swim proficiency. Every swim workout has a purpose – that is so much better than just showing up or putting together a last minute workout. I have never given swimming the priority that it needs. In addition, having 10 other people in the pool makes the sets fly by.


Late last week we did a 200 yard time trial at all out pace. I came in huffing and puffing at 2:44. This time would be used to set the paces for all future swims. I have done this in running and believe in the philosophy. However, in swimming I have always been a one speed pony. If I wanted to swim faster I just swam my normal rate and picked it up for the last lap or two – no matter the distance. I am starting to learn my paces.

Today was a ladder at the white level. Coach Steve said that he uses 4 levels – white, pink, red and purple. Those colors correlate to the color of your face when you finish the set. Today was at the lower white intensity. Still, with the accumulating fatigue it got very challenging.

The ladder consisted of the following (x2) with 15 seconds recovery:

4 x 50 on 0:45
3 x 100 on 1:39
2 x 150 on 2:44
1 x 200 on 3:20

The first round through was not too bad. But by the time I got to the 150’s the second time around my back was burning. I took that as a positive sign that I was swimming better.

Once we knocked out those 1800 yards we had a little more time. The next sets consisted of 10 x 50 on 40.6 (yeah point 6) on 60 (15 seconds rest). I was able to maintain for about 3 reps and then my stroke count started to climb. My time started to climb. Coach Steve noticed this and gave me another 15 seconds recovery on the set. It still very is demanding.

That was the best swim workout that I have had this year. I am loving the Adult Swim.

7 comments:

  1. Today was a ladder at the white level. Coach Steve said that he uses 4 levels – white, pink, red and purple. Those colors correlate to the color of your face when you finish the set.

    That is hysterical!

    Isn't it amazing how in the master's group you can swim 3000yds and time seems to fly. However, when alone, 1000yds seems to take forever?

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  2. sooooo reading this post has scared me from ever doing a masters swim. simple.

    that is just nuts man.

    Loved the coaches levels though haha, easy to remember :)

    Good luck, amazing its been 3 weeks already?! Thanks for the update I was curious how this was going for you.

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  3. That is awesome!Great job swimming!

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  4. Adult Swim -- one of the best times to watch TV. Love the programming.

    Thanks for posting the details of the workout. You know we all live vicariously through you.

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  5. Great 200 time! Wanna swim my swim leg for me next month? It's only a 250.

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  6. Nice! I really need to try harder to develop my swim, I just don't enjoy it :(

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  7. Dang James! That's some kick ass swimming! Our little pool will never be the same!

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