I love the various holidays because the gym offers free guest days and that saves me $8 to swim with my friends! This week I've swam 4 of the past 5 days and gotten to swim free for 3 of those days. I love free guest days and I love having awesome swim friends who push me with tough workouts in the pool. Here's what the last 3 days looked like:
Black Friday Swim - I met up with Kyla after some early morning shopping at 9AM. The kids swim team was also swimming so Kyla and I had to swim in the open swim area since all the lanes were taken. We decided on a set of 15 x 100 broken out as 5 x 3 descending on the 2:00 interval. The sets were freestyle for sets 1, 3, and 5 and IM order strokes for sets 2 and 4. We did another mini set after that and ended up with a good workout.
Saturday Swim - Brent joined Kyla and I on Saturday morning and started us off with a 1000 yd warmup that had 400 swim, 300 drills, 200 kick, and 100 pull. The workout itself was a 200 then 2 x 100. I did 150's instead of the full 200 and then focused on doing the 100's fast since we did then a little faster than my normal interval. We did the set as 200, 2 x 100, 200, 2 x 100, 200 for a main set of 1000. We tacked on some fun 50 sprints on the end with 25 sprint, 25 recover in IM order doing each stroke twice. It was a good workout and we all enjoyed hot tub time afterwards!
Sunday Funday - Today the Big Fish showed up for our weekly Sunday Funday swim. We had 6 of us in the pool including Brent, Carie, Lori, Jeff, and Scott. Normally our Sunday Funday is Brent, Kyla, Carie, and I so it was fun to have the others join us. Unfortunately for me, some of these guys are really fast swimmers so I knew that I would have to modify the workout in order to keep up. Our warmup included sculling drills and that wore out my arms pretty early on:( The main set was supposed to be 10 x 150 with odds pull and evens swim building the 2nd 75 faster. The fast kids were doing these on a 2:30 interval...my normal 150 interval is 3:00. I modified to do the sets as 125 pull then 100 swim builds. This allowed me to stay on the 2:30 interval with the group. We did some more sprint/recover 50's at the end to finish up the workout.
Whew, 3 days of swimming in a row equals one tired girl but I loved every minute of swimming with my friends. They are always encouraging and I know I'm getting a tough workout each time.
For the first week, most of my HBBC points came from my swimming workouts. I'm hoping to get more runs in this week and hopefully 1-2 swims for the week. I know I can't swim as much as I did the last few days but the pool is such a great form of active recovery for running.