Day 79 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: “You splash so much it is scary!”

Been very busy, and partly due to lots of swimming, partly due to other stuff, but got to the pool every time as planned! Or, to be more precise: The 5am rise has proven ever so worth it. Even on the busiest of days, I can get a swim in of a morning. Fantastic! Ok, Friday was not so fantastic (see below).

But let me go in backwards chronological order of the last three days of swimming here. Since I am refusing to drop almost 60 Euros on a Garmin ANT+ Stick, I will continue to hand-type the basic information till either that stick turns up (it has to be somewhere in our place) or I will upgrade the whole watch. I have been looking at the Garmin Fenix 3 and the Suunto variety. There is a birthday coming up in a few months….

Today, Tuesday 3 March: 4650m at 1:40/100m on average, 34 Swolf

  • 200m free warmup
  • 1000m free in 15:50 – pushed myself for that a bit, and was disappointed it wasn’t faster
  • 8x50m sprints at between 37 and 40 secs per 50m; took breathers of about 20secs in between. Man this hurt! Sprints are not my favourite. At all.
  • 575m backstroke with pullbuoy
  • 600m mixed drills (kicking, strokes, sideswimming…)
  • 500m with paddles and pullbuoy at 8:03
  • 250m no paddles but pullbuoy in 4:00 on the dot
  • 1000m free at casual pace (though I felt it) in 17:04
  • 125m (?) breast stroke with dolphin kick to wind down

Overall felt good but less enthusiastic.

Yesterday, Monday 2 March: 4775m at 1:40/100m on average, 35 Swolf

  • 200m free warmup at 1:33/100m
  • 1850m free at 1:43/100m in 31:48 overall [then I had to stop and adjust my goggles; the trusty green Zoggs Predator Reactor Flex broke on Friday, so at the moment I am swimming with my back-up tinted red Predator Flex; I have ordered replacements though]
  • 2150m free at 1:44m/100m in 37:12 overall
  • 400m mixed drills
  • 175m breast stroke to cool down in 4:28 overall

Friday, Friday 27 February: 4175m at 1:40m/100m on average, 34 Swolf

  • Sprint sets 7x100m at between 1:20/100m and 1:30/100m
  • 2000m free at 1:39/100m in 32:54 all up – was pushing myself
  • 300m mixed drills
  • 450m backstroke with pullbuoy, at 1:57/100m
  • 500m at 1:45/100m in 8:43 overall – casual but with grit
  • 225m breast at 1:57m to cool down

So that looks like a good swim, right? And it was. Between sprints, another regular swimmer came, watched me sprint and before even getting in the water basically told me I splashed too much. “You use too much strength! Granted, you are fast, but you splash so much it is scary!” I thanked her and tried to explain that I was doing sprint sets, but I think she might have a point. Will try and use the next opportunity to improve my stroke technique. Less splashing, more dashing.

You are splashing too much! Not an actual image of my inelegant stroke technique (CC Image: Pixabay)
You are splashing too much! Not an actual image of my inelegant stroke technique (CC Image: Pixabay)
But then it happened. As I got out and jumped into the shower, I took off my goggles, my trusty Zoggs Predator Flex Reactors, and they broke, right on the bridge! Snap! Once dry and on the subway, I asked Zoggs via twitter which ones to get to replace them, and they promptly responded, and suggested to grab these silly-named beauties: The Predator Flex Titanium Reflex. They are brand new but already available; an updated version of the Reactors, 10 Euros cheaper even. So I ordered them with one or two other bits and bobs. Will post this stuff when it hopefully arrives later this week.

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