Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Slogging Away in Morning Practices
Hyack Masters swim at night, so when I practice on my own it’s almost always early morning, a time when Canada Games Pool makes available it’s full fifty meter length to public swimming. Yesterday it was a madhouse, with something like four times the normal number of casual swimmers making the public lanes look every bit as crowded as the adjoining Hyack club lanes. I can deal with full lanes but have a much harder time dealing with the wide variation in swimming abilities trying to swim together in the public lanes, from people who basically float along in fins with an occasional swipe at the water to others like me who fancy themselves competitive swimmers. So when I came to my long backstroke set halfway through practice I didn’t even attempt to weave my way up and down the lanes and just packed it in. This morning I intended to redeem yesterday’s abbreviated workout figuring, correctly it turned out, the pool would be practically empty and thus allow backstroke into my repertoire once again. One minor hurdle I had to overcome before getting into backstroke, however, was to get through what is now a standard feature of my self-designed practices - my butterfly and breaststroke set. After Hyack Festival I’ve decided my workouts had to have at least 20% of their distance split equally between my two orphan strokes, but what with the big boost in weekly kilometrage along side a full program of strength training doing even such a small amount of fly and breast every practice hasn’t proven feasible. A case for me of just too much too soon. So today’s session instead called for a mere 200 meters of each stroke, slotted in right after warm up when I would be still relatively fresh (nowadays I’m sore getting into the pool); still enough to wipe me out for the remainder of practice. One lap into my backstroke main set I decided doing the planned 6 x 200s wasn’t going to happen and instead did only half the intended distance per rep, and finished my practice with a desultory 200 free warm down. At least the reduction in kilometrage means I achieved my targeted 20% of the workout in fly and breast today and, upon reflection, yesterday as well. Faint praise indeed.