Thursday, June 21, 2007

Today, and Someday


I'm swimming Alcatraz this Sunday, and whenever a race day approaches I start to think of all the other races/swims I'd like to do some other day. This happens especially when I'm doing a swim I've done before and am feeling like I've perhaps done one too many times. Alcatraz has lost some, not all, of it's allure since I've swum it twice before. I know it will still be thrilling and chilly and I'll still have to visit the bathroom after I get lubed up and pull the wetsuit on due to nerves. But, three times might be enough. Anyway, this prompted me to list five swims I'd (realistically) like to do someday (most likely - hopefully - after the younger members of my family are both out of diapers and before I end up in them). And here they are:

1. The Waikiki Rough Water Swim followed, of course, by a week's Hawaiian vacation
2. Swim Around the Rock
3. Trans Tahoe by myself or with one other swimmer (done it twice in a relay already)
4. Trans Tahoe, or any swim relay, as part of a team with one or both of my sons (as you can see by the photo, we're practicing already but this is quite a few years off)
5. Bridge to Bridge swim (10K!!!)

But enough about someday. Today's workout was fan-tabulous. All of you p*ssies that saw the email and stayed away...THANK YOU. We had about 10 people this morning and wow was it nice to have uncrowded lanes. Okay, I'm not totally serious. I like it when everyone shows up of course (and probably the low turnout had more to do with chance that reluctance to swim long free mixed with fly). But once in a while it IS nice not to slap arms at all during a swim. And I didn't have to wait in line for a shower either.

*warmup: 3 x 150's free, each followed by a strong 50 free descending 1-3

*main (and i mean MAIN) set (2400 yds):
500 free aerobic (on the 1:25 base)
3 x 100's free threshold (1:30 base, hold approx. 1:14)
4 x 25's fly

400 free aerobic (on the 1:25 base)
3 x 100's free threshold (1:30 base, hold approx. 1:14)
4 x 25's fly

300 free aerobic (on the 1:25 base)
3 x 100's free threshold (1:30 base, hold approx. 1:14)
4 x 25's fly

*3 x 150's free aerobic-like

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