Dude, I’m in a pool swimming funk. I just can’t get into it recently. The turns, the intervals, the warm water… it’s just not working for me right now. Mentally I’m not on, and I’ve been having some¬†unpleasantness¬†in my back/shoulder region recently. I feel it after about 500 yards in the pool, but the cold of the ocean masks it really well from me. I don’t know how I’m going to get myself back to where I want to be in regards to working out in the concrete box, but in needs to happen soon. My friend Evan from Freshwater Swimmer wrote a pretty good piece on that topic today that’s worth a read if you find yourself in a similar situation.

Anyways, enough complaining :) Even if I wasn’t totally into it I did get to go swim outside on a fairly decent afternoon which is never a bad deal. No one really had a plan for today so one of us made it up in the water as we went. It started with just 2 of us but the group kept growing as the workout went on to the point that we almost had to revert to circle swimming (oh the horror! haha).

800 (200 swim, 200 kick, 200 ‘pull,’ 200 swim)

4 x 50 IM Switching @ :55

3 x 100 kick w/ fins
50 easy
3x 100 swim
50 easy
3 x 100 drill
50 easy

2150 yards total

I had a few sections in there where I felt pretty good, but they weren’t sustained. My speed is really slipping. I can still bang out a fast 50 free or quick laps of butterfly, but once we get going for a while I just fall off. I think the only solution to this is a lot of hard work… I should probably look into that :)

I’ll be back out in the ocean tomorrow weather permitting. Hopefully the water temps warm up soon to ferret out more locals to swim more often! I’d be pretty stoked to string together more than the 2 swims per week we have right now.

3 Responses to “Chlorine, eww Get it Off Me!”

  1. evan says:

    Thanks Rob. Hope you’re able to get your concrete box groove back soon!

  2. Katie says:

    Do you feel like you slow down if you don’t get in enough pool time? If not, how do you avoid it? In the pool, I concentrate better because I have to count my yardage. I also know if my form is getting off track because my stroke count goes up. Lots of OWS makes me very happy, but also slower.

  3. Rob D says:

    yup… if my pool game isn’t on I pay it back in speed. My Tues/Thurs pool workouts are with a group and usually fairly intense but short. I get a lot out of those shorter workouts, they compliment my longer stuff pretty well.