Thursday, October 28, 2010

AM Swim with MAC masters

Ah the joys of morning swimming! It must be in ingrained in my nature after 26 years of swimming but no workout beats an early morning swim! Today was a great practice. I was late, of course, but I did not miss much. Joe was coaching today and had a "surprise" set for us. I tried to convince him to let me in on the surprise. He just told me someone else thought "I could hang." I got in the water giddy - I took that to mean some distance freestyle was coming my way! After two warm up sets we started the surprise set of 20x100 yds on 1:15. Who wouldn't like a challenge like that!?! The Danish Donut didn't but no surprise there. I mentally broke the set down into 5 sets of 4. Each set of 4 would take five minutes so I figured it that would be a good way to break down the set and keep count at the same time. I personally like to make sets by a least 5 secs. I found when I get less than 5 secs rest I get flustered. When you are flustered you can't concentrate on swimming fast. I was able to cruise 1:08 to 1:09 through the first 16. AquaGeek in the lane next to me decided to go fast on the last five. I figured this out after he dusted me on number 15 so the game was on hence forward! We started dropping a sec each 100 until we hit 1:04/1:05 on the last one. Of course I immediately accused him of being a sandbagger and he immediately defended himself by saying it was his plan all along because he needed to "keep it interesting." Sandbagger. Regardless of his "plan" AquaGeek pushed me to go faster and today made me a better swimmer. AquaGeek told me he would not have been able to do that set last year - he has come a long way. Maybe I had a role in that, maybe? There is something great in healthy humble competition, it can bring out the best in you and your teammates!