OK, I admit, HR Masters is a great program. Very good coach that writes workouts that seem to go on forever but are rarely boring. And very fast swimmers in the pool - like 3 lanes of quality, fast, talented swimmers. It/They are kicking my booty. I have begun to question my fitness every time I show up because I simply have to work HARD to keep up! That's right, going anaerobic during warm-up. That makes for a LONG practice.
Granted, my fitness level should be a bit different now than when I first showed up in August. I mean, this is technically the off-season right? Ah yes, LSD in the pool (reminder: Long Slow Distance), I'm thinking nice long sets on a very reasonable and comfortable interval. But not for the serious Masters swimmers. Nope. Their season is about to begin and their intensity is ramping up. So I find myself in the middle of a brutal 4 x (5x100) set. ICK. The first set is breaststroke. WTF? I don't DO breaststroke, never have, never will. And I have a woman in my lane who can actually kick breaststroke with a board faster than I can swim it. Huh. Next set, thank goodness, freestyle. But did I see that interval correctly? By the end of the workout I can barely lift my arms out of the water and am trying to figure out if breaststroker chick will be offended when I ask her to blow dry my hair for me.....
But here's the good news (I think). I made all the intervals. And I didn't take any extra time on the wall. And I met one of the fast girls in my lane and maybe even made a new friend!! And, Tyler and PIC Son were there so it was a great morning.