The reason I decided on NWRC today was that I was meeting Josh and it was closer for him. Plus NWRC's pool is typically a little cooler than SDRC, and way less crowded. There's usually at least 4 empty lanes to choose from in the morning. I was meeting Josh because he was kind enough to offer to time me for the one hour postal for USMS that needs to be done in the month of January. I figured since I was already somewhat tapered from last week and still smooth from last week's shave-down I might as well go for it.
Here's my history of one hour postal events:
Jan 2010: 4,255 SCY
Jan 2011: 4,535 SCY
Jan 2012: 4,350 SCY
Jan 2013: 4,425 SCY
Nov 2013: 4,405 SCY
My goal for today was 4,600 yards. I was in the pool at 0610 and did 1000 yards warmup. Felt good and strong. I also consumed about 450 calories worth of energy bars and gatorade before the swim, so I was energized. I got a good nights sleep last night so I was ready to go!
I told Josh that I wanted him to give me a thumbs up or thumbs down depending on if my 50 splits were above or below 39.00 per 50 yards. For the first 20 laps I got nothing but thumbs up, but on 21 he gave me a thumbs down. I tried to pick it up, but found myself stuck in the 39 second realm. Then after about 8 thumbs down in a row I yelled out "40!" telling him that the new standard was thumbs up under 40 seconds. I got a few thumbs up, but then I started getting thumbs down again!!!!!
When I focused on a strong pull, or a faster stroke rate, or a exceptional turn and streamline off the wall, or breathing on the left side, I would get a thumbs up, but I felt like dying. I started exactly at 6:30 on the digital clock so I knew where I was at on time. 30 minutes into the swim I honestly felt like stopping and jokingly say, "I'll just double that and call it good." Yeah right. Don't we all wish we could give have-assed efforts and just wish we could double it.
Anyway I trudged through see mixed thumbs up and down (mostly down), until about 5 minutes remaining which I really trying with all my might to pour it on, but it was just barely under the 40 second standard. When I hit the last wall on the flip I saw I had about 5 seconds left while breathing into that turn so I did a strong streamline and 2 strokes and ended up with:
4,560 yards total
I then talked with Josh, got some feedback and I must admit whined just a little about my performance, but I really should be happy. It is a new PR that has stood for 3 years. Plus it's over 150 yards more than I did just two months ago. So I'll take it gratefully. I gave it my all, but disappointed that I couldn't hold that 39 second split. I really need to get some coaching. I'll hit up Kris for some help and hopefully some actual stress test sets that increase my endurance AND speed.
Afterwards I did:
400 kick with fins
100 sprint (1:08)