Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Master's Swim Class

So I've had two of these classes so far - they meet at 5:30 am for an hour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday. This in a pool that, in my opinion, could be a BIT warmer. But it wakes me up.

Today we did a 600 warmup: 200 free (freestyle) 200 kick (kickboard, no fins) and 200 pull (paddles and a pull buoy)

Then, we did 10 x 100 meters, with 10 second rest, and our best sustainable pace. The point of this was to establish a baseline of what we could average over 1000 meters. The first day of Master's Swim I was pretty happy to find that I could sprint 100 meters in 1:51. I've never been that fast before. You increase that distance at all, though, and I slow down pretty dramatically! Over 1000 meters, I averaged around 2:15 to 2:20 per 100. Actually this isn't bad for me, considering that I have barely been in the pool since August, but I'd like to go sub 2:00

After that, I finished off with 200 kick, 200 free, and 100 free, for a grand total of 2100 meters. I'm ashamed to admit to you that is pretty much the most I've done in a pool since, um, like, sometime in the spring. The master's swim class keeps me. on task; generally when swimming by myself I get bored and then climb up out of the pool.

I will step right up and say that I am always, I mean ALWAYS, the last one finished with whatever drill we're doing at the moment. But no worries. As long as I improve, that's all I care about.

So then at 6:30 I grabbed my stuff and headed into the locker room and in a half hour YES THIRTY MINUTES I shower, blow-dry my hair, put on my clothes and makeup, and sprint for the car, where Sweet Baboo chauffeurs me us to my our job. Whilst in the car, I use my curling iron to finish my hair. I'm MINUTE-WOMAN. Sometimes we stop for a latte. I'm in my office (I love saying, "MY OFFICE") at 8 am.

That's it, I guess. Just swim stuff. Now I need to figure out how to get my running in during the week, being as I'm still seeing a couple clients on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and I have a class on Thursdays.



  1. I laughed at the comment about being the last person to finish drills. I swam in college and was ALWAYS the last person to finish drill sets. I usually got lapped during them, but always convinced myself that I was just focusing more on proper stroke than getting out on time :)

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience with the Master's group. I've been thinking of joining my local group for a while, but everyone I've spoken to about it made it sound like it would be something I wouldn't be able to do. My swimming skills are pathetic, to put it mildly. Anyway, thanks and good luck !

  3. I remember my first masters swim - I seriously thought I might drowned :). Awesome post - I loved it!

  4. I really enjoyed the Masters group I swam with this summer (outdoors; 50 meter pool).

    Am looking for a new group for the fall/winter.

    You must not get goggle eyes....I have a terrible problem with them.
    I've tried loosening up the straps; not glueing them to my head, etc. I still look like I've tied rubberbands around my face.

    Any suggestions?

  5. oh pshaw, I am sure I am slower than you...
    Congratulations on the new job--especially the office and having someone do your copying for you. How nice!


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