Tuesday, December 2, 2008

swim test

Yesterday morning I tortured our master's group with a 1,000 yard swim for time. Everyone was psyched to do it. :P

What most of them don't know was that I'd go on to do the same test in the evening. It's been a long time since I've done a 1,000 for time, and it was good to see I haven't completely lost it after this past easy year of training. I swam an 11:15, which is 1.07.5 pace per 100.

About 600 yards into it I realized that almost exactly 20 years ago, I swam a December dual meet my freshman year in college, and swam a 9:40 (my PR). Point being, I've only slowed down 10 seconds per 100 yards - or 1/2 second for every year that has passed.

Which leads me to my deep thought of the day: The clock is always ticking. 20 years have got behind you, no one tells you when to run, don't miss the starting gun.


Cody's Tri Blog said...

From my perspective that is awesome! My goal is to reach what Bri did a 1:21 per 100. I would be stoked with a time like that! No, I don't think you have lost much at all! Yes, you have your motivation back... VERY COOL!Keep it up!

Storytellers for kids said...

Not bad Marty...! I sure as heck couldn't get near that at this moment, that is very solid, especially if you haven't changed your swimming habits lately.

Anyone who thinks going from 9:40 to 11:15 isn't losing a lot... At my school, that's the difference between the men's varsity record, and the 5th place woman finisher at a mid-season dual meet... Or the difference between winning the mens event at a dual meet by 25 seconds, and finishing dead last by 25 seconds. DIII of course. I'd be dead last by over a minute minute right now. : D