I should probably start by apologizing to those of you who were hoping to read more about my personal life on this blog... Going forward, if you want to know all the ins and outs and drama going on in my world then you'd best come here and go for an early morning run with me... Because that's where I'm most likely to be when I'm spilling it. Poor Nalani. I should really stop charging her for coaching if she's going to double as my psychotherapist.
Don't worry though, all you haters will still find plenty to judge as I will continue to talk about my training here on the blog so you can go on believing that I am neglecting all the important people in my life since I find time to train while they sleep.
On to today's topic!
So a couple weeks ago Brett put in a request to do 30 x 100's as a main swim set. I looked at our calendar and decided today would be a good day to do that. I created the workout in Training Peaks and named it The Brett Special. Isn't that nice?? But 30 x 100's is pretty boring unless you mix it up a bit, so I changed it up by making every 6th one blast fast. Gave us something to think about. So essentially the set went like this:
5 x 100's holding T pace on an interval that was pretty much T+10. My goal here was to hold the fastest pace I can hold when I'm doing a timed all out 1000M. With about 10 seconds rest between each 100 this was doable. Then the 6th one was as fast as we could go, on an interval that was 10 seconds faster than the cruise interval we were normally doing. Then straight back into the tempo 100's... So for example, if you can hold 1:30's for 1000M straight, then you would swim
5 x (5 x 100's @ 1:40, hold 1:30, then 1 x 100 @ 1:30, hold 1:25) with no extra rest between sets.
Let's be honest. I did not think I could make this set. I mean, the first 12, ok. I can do that. Maybe even 18. But 30? I don't know. I knew that Brett and Mark would be fine. I figured Nalani probably would if she was having a decent day. But me? Well, when I'm 2000M into a threshold set, popping off sprint 100's with little/no rest is not exactly the easiest thing in the world to do. But I figured I'd give it a shot and see what happened. But first, the funniest part of the day...
There is not a pace clock at our pool. Never has been. Nalani and I wear watches and go by them at the wall. But Brett and Mark don't wear watches (why don't men wear watches? Scott doesn't either. Go figure.) Anyway, Brett and Mark came up with the brilliant idea of getting a small pace clock to bring to our workouts. Apparently buying a real pace clock is expensive so Brett made one himself and showed up with it this morning. Perfect, no?
So just as we were getting in the water, one of the lifeguards came up to us and told us that we were not allowed to have any timing devices on the pool deck. I laughed. Really hard. I swear I thought Cliff was joking. Is it April Fools? That's a good one.
But he wasn't joking. Seriously. That really is another rule at our pool. No timing devices on deck. If I didn't know better I'd swear that the rule really is, "You may not employ any devices that might possibly make you a better/faster swimmer." Last week it was no coaching on deck. This week, no pace clocks. I laughed through the whole first half of our warm up because it just seems so typical of how they run this pool. We were given no explanation. Brett told us to shut up about it because he is envisioning all of us being kicked out of the pool altogether for creating too many waves since we swim fast as a group a lot. And honestly, I would not be surprised if one of these days they tell us that there's a rule stating that swimmers may not swim together in a workout type situation... That seems logically like it would be next, doesn't it?
Anyway, back to our set today. Suffice to say, I made it! And I was extremely pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it was. Sometimes holding T-pace is a pretty big challenge. But not today. And the blast fast ones? I was actually getting 4-5 seconds rest, even at the end, which was also a very pleasant surprise. I would have guessed that I would just barely be making those fast ones, if at all, which would then mean the first of the next set of 5 tempo 100's would be hard because I'd be behind on the interval to start with... but that wasn't actually the case today. So that was cool. Based on that set, I would venture a guess that if I did a 1000M time trial right now it would be faster than it was last time I did one. Which is a good sign that the training is working! Nice.
I just hope that next week they don't tell us that we are not allowed to wear watches while swimming in this pool.