I’m in town this weekend and I had heard one of my Santa Maria swim buddies was thinking about swimming on Saturday to do some sprints for time as part of his training for USMS SCY Nationals in a few months. I sent him an email asking if he minded an extra swimmer to help push him a little and I was advised to “bring it.” Excellent :)

I drove down around lunchtime and the weather is starting to turn on us around here a little. It was overcast and a little colder than it has been, sounds like we may even be back into rain tomorrow… boo… upside was almost no one else was at the pool. Me, Mike, and Christy all got our own lanes to swim in and they all had starting blocks set up on them.

We went through an extended warm up of about 1600 yards and then worked on figuring out how to do our sprints. We did all out 50′s from a dive on 2:00. To ensure we had someone to start us and get times we had one person cycle out each round to run the “heats.” So we started with me vs. Mike, then Mike vs. Christy, Christy vs. me and so on until we all did 5 50′s.

I swam a couple fly, a couple free and one breast stroke. My first 50 was around 27 which is ok for just messing around in practice, but if I want to catch up to myself from last year I’ll need to get that closer to 25! Things got slower from there, but didn’t drop off too hard. It was fun to have some mini races with these guys. It was especially nice to have Christy in the mix because I haven’t seen her in the pool forever due to her job taking her out of town. Now that I know this pool is open on Saturdays at lunch I might have to do this more often!

400 mixer
8 x 50 kick @ 1:00
8 x 50 IM Switching @ 1:00
200 pull
8 x 25

5 x 50 sprint off the blocks @ 2:00 w/ a bonus rotating 2:00 rest (fly, free, fly, breast, free)

1850 yards total

After I got home I decided to add a little bike ride to my day just to get in some bonus activity. I geared up and set out with not much of an idea of where I wanted to go. I knew I wanted to get to Pismo for a peek at the ocean, beyond that it was just what ever happened would happen.

Out at the beach I got what is probably a preview of tomorrow’s ocean swim… chop city. Something is creeping this way across the ocean and it already has the water stirred up. We have a 50% chance of rain for tomorrow, I’m hoping it at least holds off until later in the day so that I have people to swim with me.

I’m no super cyclist so I only rode about 10.5ish miles, I had intentions of about 12 but the way I was going to take home had a bike detour on it which led me to turn earlier than intended. It felt good to spend some more time outside. The air was a little cool which kept me comfortable and only a few people tried to hit me with their cars so that was good :)

4 Responses to “Saturday Sprints in Santa Maria!”

  1. IronMike says:

    Dude, your beard is boss! I wish I could get mine back. Someday, I guess…

  2. Rob D says:

    thanks Mike… If the beard gets any more serious it might need its own USMS card :)

  3. Sully says:

    Never been off the blocks, but that pic looks darn fun!

  4. Rob D says:

    Sully – dude, never? we need to work on that! totally fun… and the first couple seconds after you hit the water are the fastest you’ll ever be while swimming!