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.

2 comments:

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!

pmac 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