I had lunch plans today with my team at work and had to move my swim workout to the early morning laps option. I'll be super honest...I am not a morning person and 5:30 is just super early for me. I was thinking about work as I drove to the pool and managed to pass by my exit. I got to the pool and saw only one other swimmer. I jumped into a lane near the pace clock and was happy that the water wasn't super cold.
I planned my workout last night to do a ladder workout. My plan was to start at 100m build to 400m and then work my way back down for a total of 1600m. To spice things up, I decided to make the last 50m of each ladder rung a sprint build (increasing pace.) I started with a warm-up of 300m and 200m of drills. I started on the top of the clock for each ladder rung and got a variety of rest times depending on how I finished the previous one. I didn't worry too much about the pace but just focused on endurance and building pace at the end of the sets. I got in 1 1/2 miles of swimming this morning which is pretty great for me.
Throughout the workout I had a fun experience...as I swam down the pool I would see the moon as I took a breath. After I hit the turn and returned back to the start, I would see the sunrise taking place. It was quite fun and peaceful at the same time. This was the smallest group that I have seen at the pool with just 4 of us there for the morning laps. Everyone did their own workouts but we chatted at the end once the sun was up. Overall, it isn't too bad a way to start the day (and I really should take advantage of it since the outdoor pool will close in 6 weeks or so.)