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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.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday Funday - Just Keep Swimming

 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. 

1 comment:

  1. You are so good with your swimming!! I wish I had that dedication to the pool!