So while I think I write pretty damn hard swim workouts, and while they have been quite effective in getting my athletes and me to the finish line of swim races faster, I am open to the idea of change and how it will positively affect my ability to swim. See, the workouts I wrote usually involved a long w/u, maybe some drills and or sprint work, a long tempo/threshold main set of like 2000M (usually in a format I found easy to remember, like 4 x 500's or something
I've been paying attention to the way my new swim workouts are written (because I have to, what with so many different components to the main sets all with their own individual detailed instructions) and I have to say, almost begrudgingly, (because, um, how is it possible that someone would write better swim workouts than me??), they are brilliant. Without worrying specifically about all the little details, I see that I now get to wear myself out with lots of pulling with paddles, interspersed with very fast all out efforts, plenty of kicking, more short all out efforts, more rest than I used to give myself at the walls, and power building efforts involving tying my feet together. Finally, let's end that workout with a few more power building fast efforts with your feet tied together again. Ouch.
This morning, after like 2500M, we were all completely thrashed. I was actually joined by 3 other swimmers for the workout and they were like, who the hell is this guy writing these workouts and can we hit him?? Ha ha. Just kidding, Tim. And poor Nalani. While she is a fantastic swimmer and has crazy endurance, her power in the water is lacking and she definitely could benefit from building some strength. So these workouts are killing her even more than me. At one point when she was just totally falling off the pace, she said, "I'm here in spirit!" It was a classic Nalani statement. I think that's all she said for the whole workout. In her defense, she was super sore from the TRX workout she did yesterday... Nalani's New Year's Resolution get STRONG. Or maybe that is my resolution for her. Yeah. I think that's it.
Unfortunately we were not done even though we totally could have been and called it a great workout... No, we still had 4 more 100's max effort (ok, the set didn't say max effort but it said <1:25 which for me, in this long course pool, is the same thing). So Brett was all curious about our bands and put one on around his ankles even though the set didn't actually call for that. And if you've been reading this blog for a while you know how I like to challenge Brett even when I know I can't actually beat him... but in this case I really thought maybe I could... Brett with bands vs me without... hmmm... maybe I could get him! I said, "I'm going to beat you Brett." Out loud. Of course Brett took the challenge. GO! We freaking raced like there was no tomorrow and you know what? I swam 1:22 (!!) and Brett beat me. Bastard. Jennifer came up to the wall laughing because she could not believe Brett beat me with bands tied around his ankles. Yeah. That guy is amazing. But I tell you what- Brett yanked those bands off immediately and when I challenged him to a rematch on #3, he declined.
Anyway, I'm back in a place where I am thoroughly enjoying my swim workouts again. I mean, I liked my own workouts, but there is something really different and motivating about doing workouts someone else writes for you... and knowing that you have to report in whether or not you hit all those intervals under 1:25 (Yes! I did!). Good stuff.