Just last week, I wrote about how I'm trying to reach the illusive target of swimming 100m in less then 2 minutes. I've actually been trying to hit that goal for around a month and a half, and have gotten close many times, but until last night, my best was 2:02.
Janice (Angie was away, so Janice was running the workout) explained that we needed to try to hold the pace on the 100s. Our last 100 should be just as fast as our first 100.
I started swimming. Pacing, pacing... I made sure that I didn't blast through that first 25. I've realized that's a big part of my problem. I tend to sprint right from the start, and then I just don't have it in me to hold the pace for the full time. As I finished the first 50, I checked my time. 1:03. Made a mental note that checking the time probably cost me at least a second or two... Yep, getting pretty uncomfortable. Last 25, let it hurt.
2:04. Not bad. Generally the speed I can hold for subsequent 100s. Hmm, if I cut out the glance at the pace clock, I should be able to cut that down a bit.
Once again, made sure I didn't go to hard right from the start. I think I'm getting a better feel for finding the right pace. This time, I didn't check the clock halfway. I still do open turns, but it's surprising how much extra time it can take just to glance back. Man, it gets hard in that last 50 metres. Don't flail. Keep form...
2:00 even. My best ever. But bittersweet. Still starts with that "2". Close, so close...
This time Janice had been watching me. She made two observations. First of all, I do this funny thing with my right wrist on entry. It's hard to explain, but I understood what she was talking about. The second observation was that when I got tired, I wasn't reaching as far on my entry and I was shortening my stroke. Damn. I had been concentrating so hard on my form. But, sometimes I need those reminders to give me specific things to focus on.
You have to fight against the feeling that you should be moving your arms really fast and instead concentrate on holding onto as much water as you can to pull yourself forward. Almost there.
Holy crap! I did it.
Yeah, won't be happy with just once. I had another 2:00 100 last night, but didn't get below it again. I've done it once, and I'll do it again.
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