I’d like to start with a little good news… About.com has been working on a Reader’s Choice Award for Swim Bloggers and across the last month they took nominations and enough of you guys nominated me to get me into the top 5! As of about right now you can actually vote for me in the contest!
For those of you unfamiliar with Rob Aquatics or on the fence as to who to vote for, here’s a few reasons why I think Rob Aquatics is the best swim blog…
- I’m the only swim blogger with my own line of Banana Hammocks! I also have my own imaginary video game in the works :)
- I provide year round open water action and vicarious sunshine for those of you snowed in for the winter!
- If you don’t actually like reading I have you covered with lots of pictures!
- I actually show up everywhere! I’ve posted from all over California, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia… soon I’ll be popping up in places like Arizona, Utah and Vermont!
- I waste all my money on fun waterproof gadgets/cameras/gps so you can see how and if they work before you buy them!
- Everyone likes a guy with an adventure beard and pink goggles :)
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming… :)
I hit the pool in Santa Maria today and we had a really nice day for a swim. Lots of sun, plenty warm, and not too many people at the pool. I think our group had 6 swimmers and 5 lanes all to ourselves which is always a good way to start!
I didn’t read the workout in advance but there was a set in there everyone was dreading. I started to get a little nervous because we had one last week that kicked my ass. Luckily it turned out to be a fly set which is actually not too much of a problem for me, especially when most of it’s drilling with fins on…. phew!
8 x 100 @ 1:40 w/ 10 vertical dolphins after each 100
Repeat x 2 all with fins
3 x 50 fly drill 3 strokes left arm only, 1 full stroke, 3 strokes right arm only
2 x 50 fly drill 2 strokes left arm only, 2 full strokes, 2 strokes right arm only
1 x 50 fly
Repeat x 3
200 swim @ 3:00
3 x 100 interval descends by round
2900 yards total
After we cruised through all that butterfly we had a big pile of pulling to get through. I tend to “forget” my pulling gear pretty much everyday so I just swam it all. I tried to hang with Mike and Tyler who were swimming their 100′s at 1:25, 1:20 then 1:15. I was fine on round one, not quite fine on round two, and accidentally put fins on for round 3 in hopes of actually keeping up. It kinda sorta worked.
After workout I found out what this Saturday’s race pace set is going to consist of… 200IMs…. ouch. Mike, me, and whoever else wants in will be doing 3 200 IMs off the blocks for time. That’s gonna hurt! I think I’m going to recover the next day with a trip to Monterey for a swim with the Kelp Krawlers. I’m assured that the kelp is thinned out and the jellyfish are gone right now so we should have a pretty awesome swim!