The one good thing about this cold is that it is keeping the swimmers away at 6am. Being Tuesday I headed over to the Culver City Plunge for the early morning lap swim. The usual group that I do the lap swim all bailed on me except for one other person so I planned a 1,000 fast sort of for time. I say sort of as I was just using it as a guide to how I'm feeling in the water. My goal pace was to be under 1:25. Not bad for a chilly morning LCM workout swim.
200 Pull (600)
10x50's Odds Drill / Evens Swim (500/1100)
200 Kick (700/1300) I used a kickboard which meant my head was freezing out of the water. Also my hip reflexers were killing me.
10x50's Swim. I did these on 60. Building in each 50. (500/1800)
2x100's Swim. Was going to do more but wanted to square up the clock to an easy even number to time my 1000.
1000 Swim. I did it 13:23. Just over the 1:20 pace. I negative split the swim as my 1st 50 was on about a 6:50. For the first 500 I kept looking for the clock and try to get my splits. But with the clock being on the side of the pool about 1/2 way down the deck I had to do some water polo strokes with head up to get my splits. After the 500 mark I just swam it and trusted myself to go faster. I woud have been under a 13:20 if I had just swum without looking for the first 500. I felt pretty good. At the last 100 I could have kicked a bit more and I really did a lazy turn at the last turn. Also I should have speed up my turnover. I swam this mostly as a test of my mental strength to swim a distance swim since I havn't done much since the 1500 SCM swim in December. I'd like to swim a 1,500 LCM in a week or two. Also I need to get in a 1000 SCY swim in soon also. (1000/3000)
4x50's. Start off super fast then relax the rest of the way (200/3200)
3200 LCM Swim. Well I'm off to shower and hit the gym. Meeting someone in a bit to workout together.
MTD Yardage: 55,200
MTD LCM: 6400
YTD Yardage: 169,850
YTD LCM 17,200