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Workout, Day 9

I put in 650 metres today. I thought for this post I would report my swimming in sets rather than totals.
1. 4 x 25 m front crawl
2. 4 x 25 m breast stroke
3. 4 x 25 m front crawl
4. 4 x 25 m breast stroke
5. 4 x 25 m front crawl
6. 4 x 25 m breast stroke
7. 2 x 25 m front crawl
I was trying to hit 750 m today, but I ran out of time — fitness swim ends at 08:00. I was rushing to get in the last 6 laps. I probably could have put in 2 or 3 more laps if my goggles hadn’t leaked for the first set.
The left lens has a tendency to leak. I managed to get it situated properly for the remaining sets, but I had to stop after each rep of the first set to empty it out, clear off the fog and readjust.
It’s so frustrating because I was getting into a good rhythm and the beginning and this kind of gets me down. Swimming’s pretty boring. If I can get into a good rhythm and have a good attitude, it can be relaxing and can get my day off to a good start.
I think I am going to have to work on improving my speed soon. I don’t think I am going to be able to hit 1 km with the time constraints I have if I keep going at the same rate. Other than having to stop a few times at the beginning to adjust my goggles, my breaks were just long enough to realign myself, and take a couple of breaths (may 3 or 4 seconds), so the additional laps are going to have to come from improving my time.
Okay, I think I am done now. 🙂

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By Kim Siever

I live in Lethbridge with my spouse and 5 of our 6 children. I’m a writer, focusing on political news, social issues, and the occasional poem. My politics are radically left. I recently finished writing a book debunking several capitalism myths. My newest book writing project is on the labour history of Lethbridge.

I’m also dichotomally Mormon. And I’m a functional vegetarian: I have a blog post about that somewhere around here. My pronouns are he/him, and I’m queer.

2 replies on “Workout, Day 9”

A good way to increase your speed without significantly increasing your heart-rate is to try and reduce your stroke count.

Count how many times you pull your arms through the water for one length. Then try to reduce that number by consciously pulling more water without increasing the speed of your arm movement.

You might also want to try swimming with hand paddles to reduce your stroke count and build up strength.

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