This morning was my first
Master’s swim in about two weeks. I’ve been crazy sore/tired all week as I get back in the swing of things. My legs were still very unhappy with me from my lower body day Wednesday and my ride yesterday.
Warmup was fine. 1200 of Skips. (Swim, Kick, Pull, Swim)
Main set was 30x50 on an interval. He came to me when I was going to start and said “Alright, let’s make this a triathlete’s workout. Instead of doing these E-O-H (Every other Hard) Let’s just do these on this interval. It should be easy at first, but by around lap 20 you should have to start working.”
M’kay. NBD. Let’s do this!
So I’m swimming, and then about four into my set he comes over.
“Alright. You’re looking pretty good so far. See those people over there” He pointed to two people I’ve swam with before. One was the 2x Kona racer and the other just won her age group in a 70.3 race this past weekend.
“Chase ‘em. Don’t let them get away. Their interval is just five seconds faster than yours. You can do it”
So starting the next 50 I went with them. They were at 14 when I joined in. I thought it couldn’t be too bad. We were only doing 30. I’d finish the ones that I needed to do after they finished.
It wasn’t that bad.
Until I hit a point where it got hard.
But I kept going.
Eventually I started thinking, ‘They’ve probably only got like five left.’
Those five passed.
‘There’s got to be no more than five more! Really, they’ll be done soon!’
Those five passed.
‘…. One more’
By this point I was barely making the intervals. I could stay with them easily for the first 25, but coming back they’d pull ahead. So I stopped.
Coach came over and squatted next to me. “That was a good set!”
“…How many did I do?”
“What? How many are they doing?”
“Sixty. I was going to stop you when you got to forty.”
“You’re mean. “
He was just smiling and laughing at me.
He loves the mental games like this. He was just going to let me do all of them with these guys. x.x
On the bright side, I know I can train with the big dogs when I’m in the water. That’s a good thing, at least.
Now I just have to not suck everywhere else….