Thursday, June 11, 2009

Swim Practice Number 1, 2nd attempt

After Tuesday morning's fiascal, I was hesitant going into today's swim practice. Day 1 was a bust, and the lack of communication was frustrating. However, I emailed the head coach yesterday and she responded with apologies for the mis-understanding. I had to give her a second chance.

Mark it on the calendars ladies and gentleman! Today was my official Day 1 of swim team practice and I am pretty happy with it!

Here's the run-down on what it looked like:

Wake-up Time: 5:20am
Swim Practice Time: 6am - 715am
Location: Outoor Pool (50M)
Air Temperature: 44 degrees and sun was shining, slight breeze
Pool Temperature: coaches said it was 77 degrees

Practice Group:
There were three groups within the pool, all working on different things. Each group had a coach on deck. The first group was working on strokes and improving their technique, I can't remember what the second group was doing, but the third group consisted of triathletes...doing their thing. I was torn between the first and the third group, but I chose the triathlete group. I don't think you have to stick with the same group, so I might joined the "swim stroke & technique" group 1 or 2 days. Overall, I think there were at least 30 people in the pool!

  • Tri 800M - Coach S just wanted us to swim 800M to get used to the water and the 50M pool since most of us were used to using the 25M pool at the Y. It was an adjustment, and the water was cool but not as cool as I would have thought, given the air temp, but it felt good.
  • 16x50M with :15 RI - Coach S wanted us to do 50M kick then 50M freestyle, and repeat, 8 times. Instead of resting after each 50M, I rested after each 100M. It felt good to get the legs burning on the 50M kicks.
  • 4x100M Sprints with :30 RI - Coach S had 10x100M Sprints on the board, but I only had time to do 4. Still felt great!

Total Swim: 2000M!

Overall I am very pleased with this session and can't wait to go back next Tuesday! I am thinking it is really going to help me prepare for this triathlon in 4 weeks!


Holly said...

Glad to hear the second attempt was more successful than the first!

Marlene said...

Glad to hear that take 2 went so much better! Sounds like a great class and killer workout!

RunToTheFinish said...

woot woot she's a swimmer folks!

Jess said...

Glad it worked out so much better this time around!

Anonymous said...

Yay! Hopefully this will continue to be a positive experience for you! :)

Wes said...

Awesome! Alternating between the two groups is a good idea!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds good minus the wake up call.

I Run for Fun said...

Wow! 2000M is an awful long distance to swim!

Glad you decided to give it a second chance.

Carolina John said...

sounds like a fun practice!

J said...

Glad things turned out better for you and you enjoyed practice! At least the pool was much warmer than the air!

Anonymous said...

Glad things went well this time around. I would have been too much of a baby to jump in a pool when it is only 44 degrees out!

Borsch said...

Awesome awesome! Glad everything gelled a little better this time.

Anne said...

That's a lot of people in a pool. Glad the second attempt went much better. Let's keep fingers crossed the rest of them will go so swimmingly. (Sorry, couldn't help myself.)

Michelle said...

Being able to swim correctly is awesome!

Me, not so much!!!

N.D. said...

sounds ilke a great wokout, glad it worked out!

Jen's Journey said...

You have a fabulous blog! I like how you have posted your swim workouts b/c it helps me see how I could improve my workouts.

Thanks again for sharing all of this! You are doing SO great! Keep going strong!!!


Stef0115 said...

Wow sounds like a GREAT opportunity for your swimming! So excited for you!

I personally have benefited from both stroke and technique groups and swim/tri oriented groups.

Way to GO!!!