Swim Workout: [too many] x [too far]

>> Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I met Steve H, Kelly, and Julia at the Y yesterday morning for a nasty swim. The plan was to do 60 x 50 yards. (From Jen Harrison, of course.) Gross.

The workout consisted of some “warm-up” intervals, and then multiple sets of 15 intervals as the main sets. And one of those sets of 15x50 was all about kicking. That meant fins. I’d never used fins before, so I was a little nervous. (But my kicking needs a LOT of work, so I knew it’d be good for me!)

I found the “best” fins the Y had to offer. This was it:

Torn in the back and cut off on the front. Just like me.
(Butt-crack in back and circumcision in front, FYI)

The fins were an experience. I tried to focus on my kick, and I think I did a pretty good job of doing that. (I need to do kick-drills and maybe more fin work.) The 3 middle sets of 15x50 I had to cut down to 14 - I fell too far behind Steve H, Kelly, and Julia in the first 2 sets. And in the final set, I was too far behind with 5 left, so I took a mid-set break. I’m not proud of cutting those short, but I was happy to be TRYING to keep up with 3 swimmers that are all miles better than me!

So in the end, I did 57 x 50 in the same time that the others did 60 x 50. Here’s “the gang” after our swim:

Steve H, Julia, me, and (most of) Kelly

After the swim, I stopped into Andrea’s office - Andrea is the “Piranhas” swim coach at the Y (the middle-school swim team). I told her that I just did 57 x 50. She said, “Oh yeah!? Sometimes the Piranhas do 60 x 100 yards!” I gave her a stern look, turned to walk out of her office, and said “...well I don’t like talking to you anymore.” She gave her typical “Andrea laugh.” (But later she noticed my haircut and said it looked nice, so we’re cool again. Ha!)

Thanks for the swim, you 3!! And thanks (I think) for the workout Jen!

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Benjamin 6:41 AM, February 24, 2010  

Thanky you SO MUCH for the extra piece of information on how the fins relate to you exactly. I would NEVER have guessed this from "Just like me" alone. There is no such thing as too much information! ;)

Anonymous,  6:56 AM, February 24, 2010  

Nice work!

Anonymous,  8:06 AM, February 24, 2010  

Looks like Steve has a great big steel horn sticking out of his head. Ha.

Christi 8:08 AM, February 24, 2010  

Wow, you did great on the workout. My kick sucks. I probably should start using fins to improve!

Carolina John 8:34 AM, February 24, 2010  

hahahaha, your fins scare me.

Julie 8:42 AM, February 24, 2010  

Hi Steve,
Good job on your workout!! That picture of you makes you look like you are fourteen...you have such a baby face:)

GoBigGreen 12:41 PM, February 24, 2010  

yup yup time to buy some fins..I have had mine for like 10+ years....

Anonymous,  12:46 PM, February 24, 2010  

You also look STONED. Like you're on some kind of meds bady in need of adjustment....

Anonymous,  12:46 PM, February 24, 2010  

You also look STONED. Like you're on some kind of meds bady in need of adjustment....

Regina 4:49 PM, February 24, 2010  

Huh. Our swim team at the Y is also the Piranhas. funny that. I love my fins, they make me feel like I can really swim fast! (even though I cna't)

Borsch 9:50 PM, February 24, 2010  

That is a nasty long workout!

b 5:55 AM, February 25, 2010  

Sweetness at the swim w/o Steve!

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