So yesterday I was talking to coach and he said that today I was going to have my hardest swim of the year. My ears perked up. Really!?! Sweet. I love hard swims.
I think had he not actually told me about it I would have assumed he just typed it wrong. Because seriously, how can the entire main set (2700M) be done with just paddles and bands? That's a lot of swimming with just paddles and bands. I haven't kept track really of how much of that I've ever done before but I'm rather certain that I'd never done that much before. But then I looked at it this way: I've been swimming for almost 30 years now (wow that makes me feel old) and to do something I've never done before in a swim workout, well, that was exciting!
So there's this guy who's always at the pool... he's training to do the Maui Channel (~9 miles) solo in a few weeks so he's swimming all.the.time. He watched me going back and forth and back and forth and back and forth with just paddles/bands so he tried it to. I admit I laughed a little because the first time he tried it his body formed the shape of an 'L' with those bands on and he had a hard time making it across the pool. I helped him a bit with some technique tips (chin down, rotate hips!) and he got it better after that... but he was like wow that was hard! I told him to keep doing it. It gets easier. :)
When I finished up my main set he said What are you gonna do now? I told him, 4 x 100's fast @ 2:00. Lots of rest, so swim fast. He did them with me, and indeed, we swam fast! This guy rarely does any fast interval type swimming so for him the panting breathing thing was a unique experience. I think he liked it though because it seemed like he wanted yet another set... Again he said, What are you gonna do now? I replied, "Well now I'm gonna do 100 cool down and then go bike 100 miles." I think he thought I was exaggerating. Lol.