Since I last wrote about my swim times, I've been keeping somewhat closer track. It turns out that you can use the floats on the lane ropes as a crude abacus to count off your laps.
I now know that I definitely did not swim 1200m in 50 mins last week. 900m in 50 mins, however, is very plausible. I've repeated that twice this week - 1000m on monday and 900m on wednesday.
My problem now is that, having demonstrated to myself that I can do the distance (albeit with pauses), I feel obligated to keep trying for long or longer distances. But, I dont have time to do that. I could or should try for more speed perhaps, but I don't see that happening any time soon.
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I shared my lane on wedensday with a lifeguard.
Well, he said he was a lifeguard, though I'm not totally convinced and think he's more a wannabe lifeguard.
He had to do a timed swim: 18 laps in 10 mins.
He missed by 15 secs.
I wasn't in the least surprised. He was a terrible swimmer. His technique was all over the place. ANd, being a young jock type, he started his swim like a bat out of hell, blew all his energy early on, and struggled to finish.
I so wanted to tell him to go take some lessons and to work on his technique. (I'd feel safer with a lifeguard who was a better swimmer, too)
Plus, I so wanted to tell him to wear a swim trunk when taking the test rather than beach shorts. If those cost him 1 sec per lap, he'd have made his time with seconds to spare!