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Hi, I'm Whitney! I am a middle of the pack runner who discovered the fun of triathlons in 2009. Join me in my adventures in life and training. I run with the Rush Running team and enjoy the fun that comes with such a supportive group of friends who understand what running means to me. I'm newly discovering road biking and the fun that it entails.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Swim Time Fun

Today I had a swim workout on deck which was perfect since the temps continue to be extremely hot.  I showed up at the pool and there were a ton of kids there.  What's up with that? 11:00 AM is supposed to be lap swim time! Apparently one of the freshmen football teams was having a post workout pool party.  The lifeguards had left a few lanes open so that the kids could swim. 

The Masters swimmers sort of discouraged the kids though by swimming in that area too.  Honestly the kids were mostly spending their time in the dive well doing the diving board and water slide so it wasn't like we were that mean.  I started out doing some warmup laps and got about 400m in for my warmup.  My friend Carie has already had to go back to work for school (she's a librarian) and she is normally our workout coach.  The girls were debating what to do and polling our other friends who were already in their workouts.  I decided to go with one of my suggested workouts for my half ironman training plan. 

This workout called for a double ladder of 400, 400, 300, 300, 200, 200, 100, 100.  I decided to count my warmup 400 as my first rung of the ladder.  For the second 400, I did straight freestyle.  For the 300's I spiced things up with 100m pull, 150m swim, 50m breast stroke.  The 200's were 100m pull 100m swim and the 100's were just straight swims.  I decided to add 2 x 50m to complete the ladder and sprints just don't get any easier, do they?!?

The pool was busy today with the football kids and all of the Masters swimmers.  My workout took a little longer than everyone else so I didn't get much time to chat with people.  I spent most of the time just doing my own workout and taking the appropriate rest intervals for my sets.  I am really thankful to my friends who have taught me the discipline to do swim workouts so that in times like today when I do them by myself I stick to the plan. 

After the workout I treated myself to a sno cone and an afternoon nap! I love having Friday afternoons off of work!


  1. Nice workout. I wish I could swim that far!

  2. I've been thinking that after I run my fall marathon I'm going to start up with swimming for real and you're making me want to even sooner!!