A couple of days ago I decided to swim on my own for a week or so, just to get back into the swing of things. The way I was looking at it was that all it would take would be a couple of swims for me to find my rhythm before attempting a club training session. Well now I’m not sure about it only taking a couple of swims.
Have you ever been for a swim and no matter how hard you try, you simply can’t get yourself out of breath. Well, I just have. This is not because I’m some kind of ultra fit super human. In fact it’s quite the opposite. No matter how hard I tried I could not get myself out of breath because my arms and shoulders would get too tired before I got there.
My approach to this set was straightforward, get in the pool and swim 2500m (100 lengths). That is all there was to it. Nice and simple, right? I’m afraid not. I started by doing a steady paced 500m freestyle warm up with one minute rest at the end. I was a little alarmed to find that my arms were already getting tired at this point. Actually very alarmed; getting tired in the warm up. What’s all that about? It looked as though I was going to have to abandon my planned training program, and keep it as simple as possible.
After my minute of rest I then tried to do another slow and even paced swim, but this time for 1000m (40 lengths). I think I did fine until about the 750m (30 lengths) mark, or there about, before my arms were feeling like lead again. Come to think of it I’m not sure which part of me was not feeling like lead at that point. I honestly don’t know what sort of time I did this in as I did not have a watch on and was deliberately not looking at the clock. By this point I was becoming very excited about the one minute rest approaching, one slow and agonising length at a time.
When the one minute rest did finally arrive it was there and gone way too quick for my liking. There was nothing I could do but begin the next set. This time round I made it to about the 550m (22 lengths) mark before it all went wrong. The reason remained the same; lead like arms, but this time I even had to give up on the tumble turns. It’s amazing how good my arms felt to hang on to the wall for that half a second or so.
I was at the swimming pool for about one hour and ten minutes, which includes getting inthere, getting changed twice, swimming, showering and leaving. So I guess that means I pobably took about 45 mins for the swim, which is not great. Something I have been wondering about is the fact that I don’t seem to have the breathing problems that I experience when running.