Tuesday, February 19, 2008

TIME TRIAL


The last thing that I expected this morning when walking in to Masters' swim today was the words TIME TRIAL To be written on the workout board. It didn't bother me because Coach knows I am the beginner in Lane 1. After about 30 min. of swimming Coach called us to the wall. We are in week 4 of 12 in this session. It's time to document where we are at.

The game plan - each lane has a group 1 and a group 2 person. Group 1 would swim 200 with 2 timing them. Then switch. After that we would do 3- 100's, switching places and timing. I was put in group 2 and would be swimming the whole thing. I was blown away. I really did not want to put a time on how slow that I swim. I just wanted to swim without a clock. As I timed my lane mate, Coach came over and tried to reassure me because of the scared sh**less look on my face. Even Iron Snoopy offered words of encouragement. Nothing was working and soon I would be jumping in for my 200.

It is now my turn. I'm off with everyone else. One lap done- not bad. Second lap- still feeling good. Third lap- I'm slowing and my form is falling apart. Fourth lap- I feel like I can't breathe. I'm sucking in half the pool. I hear yelling but just keep going. I'm sure everyone is beginning their 100s. Finally at the end, I stop and look up. Everyone has waited and they are clapping for me. I MADE IT. My time was 5:25. But I just completed my first 200 trial.

The next 3 x 100 followed the same pattern. I am exhausted when leaving the pool. My times for the 100's were 2:25, 2:26, and 2:29. Certainly not record-breaking but to me a person 6 months ago that couldn't swim, it was good. We will redo this workout in 6 weeks.

Waddling like a tired penguin.............

7 comments:

IronSnoopy said...

Are you kidding?! You *rocked* it! You just started swimming a few months ago! You are exactly where I was a year ago. :)

And, BTW, you look so amazing now. I can't believe how tiny you are!!!

Nice job, waddler. You are da bomb!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

WooooHooooo!!! You rock!!

Sunshine said...

That is one darling little waddler.. but you deserve to paste a great big smile on your face. Congratulations Swimmer.

Iron "GeekGirl" Misty said...

Oh, you're so brave! I'm too chicken to do time trials of any kind in front of other people. One of these days, though, I'll breach that frontier.

rocketpants said...

Nice job!!! And in a few weeks you will be able to track your progress...that's awesome.

Fe-lady said...

Intervals are HARD aren't they! I especially avoid 200s like the plague! And I don't train with a team because I don't WANT everyone to know my swim times...
you are much a braver swimmer than I am lady!
Congrats on a difficult workout- DONE!

Irene said...

I'm so impressed with what you've accomplished in such a short time!

Congratulations!

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